Over 150 new job openings at East Midlands Airport as air travel continues the Covid recovery

More than 150 job openings are being advertised for positions at East Midlands Airport (EMA) as aviation continues to recover from the impact of pre-Covid passenger volumes.

Leicestershire’s air hub, near the village of Castle Donington, is re-recruiting after it had to lay off dozens of people during the height of the global crisis.

With restrictions slowly being lifted, airport bosses say they expect up to 80 percent of staff to be getting advertising this summer.

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The airport is moving again after what has been described as the most challenging period in civil aviation history, when jobs were lost and airport terminals stood empty.

It is currently advertised for a range of positions, including aviation security officers, parking attendants and passenger services personnel.

An airport spokesperson said: “We are recruiting more than 150 customer-facing roles across our security, parking and passenger services teams as the airport expects a strong recovery in 2022.

The easing of temporary travel restrictions, introduced last week in response to the Omicron variant, has boosted the travel industry, with rising consumer confidence and rising bookings, according to airlines and travel agents.

The immediate priority is to fill the security vacancies.

“The airport’s recruitment campaign is ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer season for passenger traffic,” the airport spokesman said.

“Filling vacant security officer positions is the airport’s immediate priority as new starters are required to undergo compliance training, while other positions will be advertised in the coming weeks.”

Fulfilling the security officer roles is the number one priority for East Midlands Airport

“The aviation sector has been hit hard by the pandemic,” he added. “However, a strong and rapid recovery is expected and we forecast passenger numbers to reach 75-80 percent of pre-pandemic levels this year.

“If this is achieved, 2022 will be the busiest year for passengers since pre-Covid.”

The passenger airlines serving EMA – Ryanair, JET2, TUI, easyJet and Aurigny – connect holidaymakers to popular holiday destinations in mainland Europe, Eastern Europe and North Africa.

The busiest months for passenger travel are April to October, during which time two-thirds of annual travelers use the airport.

“Customer-facing features like those currently being recruited are critical not only to ensure safety and compliance, but also to make people’s travel experience a positive one,” the airport said.

Many employees have remained redundant and some left due to uncertainty
Eerily empty – Many staff were laid off and some left due to uncertainty during the peak of the pandemic in 2020

These roles are “front-of-house” and are “ideal for those who enjoy interacting with customers and working as part of a team.”

The spokesperson said the hours offered are also “ideal for job seekers seeking a positive work-life balance from a shift pattern”.

People interested in learning more about what it’s like to work at East Midlands Airport can take part in a virtual job fair on Tuesday 1 February from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Airport colleagues will be accompanied by representatives of other organizations on the airport grounds who are also recruiting.

An on-site, in-person job fair is also scheduled for February at the airport and the EMA recruiting team will attend the Jobcentre Plus virtual job fair on January 26.

Clare James, Director of East Midlands Airport
Optimistic – Clare James, Director of East Midlands Airport

Clare James, the airport director, said she is convinced that good times are ahead and that is why recruitment is ramping up.

“After two of the most disruptive years in aviation history, I am confident that we will turn a corner in 2022.”

“The pull of people for overseas travel continues unabated and East Midlands Airport, which is the perfect gateway for holidaymakers wanting to get to the pool, beach or ski slopes as quickly as possible with little fuss, will see a surge in passenger demand. see. this year.”

She added: “We need to make sure we have the right people on our team to be ready for this so that passengers have a positive start to their journey and that we continue to provide a welcoming service to those who enjoy the convenience of using our airport.”

Ms James said the airport’s cargo operation, which “has surged during the pandemic” in response to customer and business demand for next-day deliveries and time-critical goods, has helped EMA weather the storm, adding that security personnel are key was also to the smooth running of this side of the business.

Employee Benefits

In addition to being a member of a “friendly and supportive team,” airport workers enjoy a host of other benefits.

They contain:

  • free parking on site during service
  • store discounts and savings
  • 24-hour employee assistance program
  • MAG pension scheme that doubles your premium
  • travel with a discount on some bus services
  • discounts on MAG products such as Escape Lounges and holiday parking at airports
  • career advancement opportunities

How to apply?

Click here to learn more about Airport Security Officer positions.

Information on all other current vacancies and careers at East Midlands Airport can be found by clicking here.

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