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Air transport operatives refuel, load and unload aircraft, direct the movement of aircraft at airports, and positions gangways or staircases to allow passengers to board and disembark aircraft.


  • Refuels aircraft from mobile tankers
  • Directs the ground movement of aircraft at airports
  • Loads and unloads conveyor belts to transport luggage between terminal buildings and aircraft, monitors conveyor belts and clears any blockages
  • Loads aircraft with luggage, in-flight meals, refreshments and other items
  • Operates retractable gangway or positions mobile staircases to enable passengers and crew to board and disembark aircraft.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though employers may require entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades for some posts. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs in Providing Airside Ramp Operations are available at Level 2.

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What could I earn?

Up to £30,160

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