Manchester Airport jobs: Hundreds of new staff will join in May to tackle queues and delays ahead of mid-term


The airport says the average wait at security has recently decreased for most passengers, but is still advising people to arrive early for their flights.

Manchester Airport has revealed that hundreds of new staff are being trained to help them deal with queuing and delay issues.

Passengers have faced long waits for check-in, security and baggage claim since the number of travelers increased around mid-March and the airport faced staff shortages, which which forced them to face.

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The airport has been criticized by travelers on social media for delays passing through all three terminals, which has even seen some of them miss their flights.

Today the airport revealed that 500 new hires are undergoing training as they prepare for May and summer break.

Sixty staff joined in April and another 200 are expected to be in place in May, with the busy school holidays looming at the end of the month.

Airport says average wait at security is now less than 30 minutes for 90% of recent passengers

However, bosses continue to advise customers to arrive three hours before their flight and ensure their hand luggage meets requirements, to help them get to their gates on time.

And for a simple guide to what can and can’t go in your hand luggage, check out here.

Are there any airport jobs I can still apply for?

Yes – several recruitment events are planned in May, including open days at the on-site Airport Academy (May 10 and 17).

The airport held a job fair at the Wythenshawe Forum on 24 May, and airport staff will also attend job fairs in Stoke on Trent (hosted by MP Jack Brereton), Altrincham Job Center (6 May), Rusholme Job Center (11 May) and the Bolton Council job fair on 26 May. Check the airport’s website here for more details.

Approximately 8,000 people have applied for positions to date.

What did the airport say?

Ian Costigan, acting chief executive of Manchester Airport, said: ‘We want to make sure customers get away from it all on their journeys, so everyone at Manchester Airport is focused on bringing in the resources we need to continue to operate our full flight schedule.

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

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

“As we continue to recover, we are reminding customers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flight and to ensure they know all the security rules. While the majority of people will go through security less 30 minutes, customers should allow time for check-in and the possibility of longer security lines at peak times.

“All of these things will help passengers get around the airport quickly and easily, which is our ultimate goal.”


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