Gatwick Airport is going on a recruitment drive with more than 1,200 vacancies available, including more than 400 jobs for ground handling agents.
The ground handling agent jobs will be with companies providing check-in desk assistance for passengers as well as loading and unloading luggage and cargo onto aircraft for firms including DHL, Menzies, Airline Services, dnata and Swissport.
The other 800 jobs will be in retail and restaurants for chains including WHSmith, JD Wetherspoon, Boots, Fat Face and Starbucks.
DHL vice president of operations, Spencer Conday says: “We are pleased to be working with Gatwick Airport on our strategy for 2018 recruitment. By combining our efforts we hope to attract the best talent for a number of exciting jobs and career opportunities at the airport and ensure customers continue to receive great service.”
Gatwick will attend the East Surrey College Job Fair on 23 May, alongside 30 other employers based at the airport to showcase the wide range of roles on offer to local people.
The airport generates £5.3 billion in GDP and supports over 85,000 jobs at a national level, and it is also a major economic driver in the South East of England, generating 24,000 on-airport jobs and a further 12,000 jobs through related activities.