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Article from BTNews 9 MAY 2022

Jobs and news at Manchester Airport

Following a far-reaching recruitment drive, more than 1,600 people have applied for jobs at Manchester Airport in April and 500 new recruits are currently going through security training and vetting processes.

The airport says security waiting times are improving with 90% of passengers taking less than 30mins to get through security checks in the last two weeks.  Travellers are still advised to ‘take time’ by arriving 3hrs before their flight and ‘take care’ in getting ready to go through security by re-familiarising themselves with rules and regulations.

Passenger volumes have now grown back to 79% of pre-pandemic levels, whereas in January volumes were just 40% of those seen in the same month in 2019.  The strong recovery means the airport is now serving around three times more passengers each week than it was in January.

With demand returning rapidly, the airport has been working hard to recruit hundreds of new security officers, improve the efficiency of how it deploys the people already working in the operation, and bring in new measures to improve the airport experience for customers and staff. Around 200 new starters are expected to join the operation at Manchester in May, enabling the airport to open additional security lanes during peak periods and improve customer service.

Manchester Airport notes the whole aviation sector is facing similar staffing pressures and the airport is also working with partner organisations including UK Border Force, airlines and ground handlers to support their operations at immigration, check-in and baggage reclaim.

, said: “We want to make sure that customers get away on their travels, so everyone at Manchester Airport is focused on bringing in the extra resources we need to continue operating our full flight schedule.

“It is encouraging to see new staff joining us as a result of our ongoing recruitment drive, and we have seen security waiting times reduce in recent weeks.

“The last few weeks have been challenging but the team on the ground has done a great job in getting passengers through security more quickly, and I would like to thank all colleagues for their hard work and dedication.

Passengers who have not flown for a long time are also being urged to refamiliarise themselves with the security rules.

There are still jobs to apply for at the airport and there are several recruitment events set to take place in May including open days at the onsite Airport Academy (10 and 17 May). Staff from the airport will also be attending jobs fairs held in Stoke-on-Trent (organised by Jack Brereton MP), Altrincham Job Centre (6 May), Rusholme Job Centre (11 May) and Bolton Council’s jobs fair on 26 May.

www.manchesterairport.co.uk

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