Career outlook for flight dispatcher
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would make sure all the services that get a plane ready for a flight work efficiently and quickly together, so it can leave safely and on time.
You’d be responsible for organising important tasks so the plane can be prepared as quickly as possible.
You’d check that cleaning, refuelling and standard safety checks are done. You’d also make sure that the luggage or cargo has been loaded on to the plane.
Once the plane is ready you’d tell the airline crew to open the gates to allow passengers on and, if someone arrives late, you’d decide whether there is still time to let them board the plane.
You’d give the pilot information such as the weight of the plane with the luggage, passengers and cargo. It may also be up to you to check the weather and landing conditions at the destination and advise on the route so the flight is safe, fast and efficient.
You’d work closely with baggage handlers, aircraft mechanics, catering and cleaning staff, the cabin crew and pilots.
It would be important to be able to use IT and radio systems.
You’d also need to be very conscious of health and safety requirements. You would need to be aware of potential hazards and know how to minimise the risks associated with the dispatch of aircraft.
Many entrants to this job have previous experience in check-in and ticketing operations. Others may be qualified pilots looking for aviation experience and to make contacts in the industry.
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
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- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Time management
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- Taking responsibility
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