Hundreds of jobs on offer at Manchester Airport recruitment drive

More than 650 Manchester Airport jobs will be available at an employment fair this week.

The recruitment drive by the airport – which has been criticised for delays affecting passengers due to staff shortages – will take place at the Forum Centre in Wythenshaw on Thursday, September 22.

A range of positions will be on offer with the airport, and roles are also available with a number of the other companies operating there, such as retailers and food and beverage outlets.

The jobs fair is being organised by the Manchester Airport Academy and is in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and Manchester City Council.

Jobs include customer services, security staff, hospitality and car parking.

In addition to the operational roles, there are also almost 100 jobs available in IT, finance, energy, assets, commercial and engineering.

Other companies taking part and attending the fair include Dnata Catering, HMS Host, DHL, Menzies Aviation and Interstate Hotels.

Plus, retail partners will also be on hand to showcase roles available at outlets including Wagamama, Spar, Costa Coffee, Pret a Manger, JD Sports, WHSmith, Boots and KFC.

Attendees will get the chance to engage directly with employers, putting any questions they may have to those who are recruiting and will also learn more about what employers are looking for from applicants, boosting their chances of securing employment at the airport.

Chris Woodroofe, Manchester Airport managing director, said: “After a busy summer where we have flown more than 2.7 million people off on their holidays, it is great to now be focusing on the months ahead with this jobs fair.

“We’re committed to ensuring that our neighbouring communities share in the benefits of having a major international airport nearby, so it is particularly pleasing to host this jobs fair on our doorstep in Wythenshawe.

“There are a wide range of roles available, both with Manchester Airport and its partners, and I very much look forward to welcoming all successful candidates when they start their career journey here.”

Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said: “Aviation is an exciting sector to work in and I’m pleased that my constituents will be part of the team supporting the airport in its recovery after the pandemic. These events are always great, and I’d encourage as many people as possible to attend.”

Pre-pandemic, Manchester Airport was the UK’s third busiest and flew nearly 30 million passengers annually to more than 210 destinations.

However, in April this year the former airport managing director, Karen Smart, stood down following criticism of long delays due to staff shortages, notably in security and baggage handling, which caused severe disruption and delays.

The airport let staff go during the pandemic lockdowns when the aviation industry came to a virtual halt.

The jobs fair on Thursday will take place between 10am-1pm.

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