Anyone who lives or works in Crawley will be aware of the impact that Gatwick Airport, located within the town’s borders, has on the local economy. The growth of the airport has provided opportunities for businesses in the aviation, transport and distribution industries. A local initiative, called the Gatwick Diamond partnership, has been set up to improaive the area’s status as a region of national and international economic importance. It’s sometimes said that there is a career for everyone at the airport, from shift work to senior management. So what are some of the most interesting roles an airport can provide – and could you be the right person for the job?
A security officer has a customer service role with added responsibility to help passengers travel safely to all the corners of the world. For this role, you’ll need to be a good communicator with strong observation skills. You’ll also require a healthy dose of patience, which will come in handy when you’re explaining why a large tube of toothpaste really isn’t allowed to be transported in cabin luggage for the twentieth time that day.
Air Traffic Control
Air traffic controllers guide pilots to keep airplanes flying safely and according to schedule. They are essential for the efficiency of the specific airport and the industry in general. You’ll need to be able to sit still and concentrate for a long period of time. You should be able to deal with the pressure and the responsibilities of the job. And perhaps most of all, you require an excellent sense of spatial awareness.
Flocks of birds can be a big problem for airports. They cause a safety concern for planes landing and taking off on the runway and have caused emergency landings in the past, such as the landing of US Airways flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River in 2009. Airports are always looking for ways to keep the creatures at bay. According to AOL Travel, Zürich Airport even employs three hunters to shoot any birds on or over the grounds of the airport.
Airplane Food Developer
If you feel you’re the person who could finally revolutionise the food on airplanes, you’re more than welcome to give it a go! In the ‘Product and Service’ department of many airlines, you could work on developing a new food and beverage strategy to be used on board. You need to be able to remain creative, even when given tight budgets. You’ll be required to be a team player, working closely with chefs and catering suppliers. You should also be able to incorporate customer feedback and ensure food safety standards.
Airports are busy places and there are lots of little jobs that always need doing. Custodians are charged with keeping the public areas clean and pleasant. But they are also a first point of calls for visitors to the airport, answering questions or directing the public to appropriate personnel for their queries. And now that ‘Sherlock – the lost and found dog’ turns out to have been a marketing stunt, there’s also still a need for people to hand back lost personal property to their rightful owners.
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