Career outlook for airport baggage handler
UK Salary Ranges
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would load people's luggage on and off planes between flights and move it around the airport.
You'd be responsible for making sure that all the suitcases and cargoes are quickly and carefully delivered for so that people can collect them or they are transferred on to the next flight.
You'd make sure that that nothing is lost or broken and that the passengers and planes are safe and secure.
- Collect, sort and check luggage against flight lists, making sure that the right items go on to the right aircraft
- Transfer luggage from the check-in areas to the departure areas
- Use trucks, cargo loaders and conveyor belts to move luggage to and from the aircraft
- Load luggage on to conveyors in the arrivals hall
- Store freight cargoes in warehouses ready for distribution
- Move freight and load it on and off the aircraft
- Clean and de-ice aircraft
- Keep the runways clear of debris and snow in winter
As an experienced handler, you could work as a 'lead ramp hand', lining up aircraft ready for the next flight. You might also train staff on new equipment and procedures.
You'd need some basic mechanical knowledge to work with conveyors and lifting equipment.
UK employment status
Search course options
Thinking about your future? There are lots of courses available that could interest you. Use our course search to explore course options.Find courses
Search job opportunities
If you're looking for your new career our job search can help you. Discover interesting opportunities and decide your next steps.Find a job
Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.
- Verbal communication
- Attention to detail
- Time management
- Taking responsibility
Your skills can help you choose the career that's right for you. You can build your skills through work, study or activities you do in your spare time.
Our Skills Explorer tool will help you understand what skills you have and match them to jobs that might suit you.Use the Skills Explorer tool
Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you'll need.