Auckland Airport warns of delays this summer with many unfilled jobs

Travel has rebounded strongly and airport businesses are in need of staff.

Abigail Dougherty

Travel has rebounded strongly and airport businesses are in need of staff.

Travelers are being warned to prepare for delays and queues this summer with thousands of jobs begging at Auckland Airport.

Major employers at the airport tried to fill around 3,000 vacancies with a recruitment campaign in July, but despite the arrival of 4,000 job seekers, only around 500 positions were filled.

Job vacancies throughout the airport ‘ecosystem’ included cabin crew, airline check-in, baggage handling, trades, security, hotel staff, chefs and cleaners .

Auckland Airport chief executive Carrie Hurihanganui said the positions needed to be filled to help keep the whole airport running smoothly.

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Travel had rebounded strongly after the borders opened and businesses were clamoring for staff, from entry-level to management positions.

“We are pleased with how the job fair went in July and the conversion rate that was achieved, but organizations across the airport system continue to struggle to fill thousands of vacancies, height of about 1,600 positions right now,” Hurihanganui said. In Monday.

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She said as the peak travel season approaches, there may be additional queues, so travelers should plan ahead and get to the airport early.

“If you are traveling this Christmas, please be patient as unfortunately there may be longer waiting times.”

Previously, many airport companies used seasonal workers to fill gaps during the summer peak, and immigration had also helped to reduce pressure on staff.

“Labour shortages are a constant story across many industries and the airport system is not alone in feeling the effects of labor shortages and the impact it has on its customers. “, said Hurihanganui.

Around 30 airport employers hosted the job fair on July 30, including Auckland Airport itself, Air New Zealand, LSG Sky Chefs, The Loop Duty Free and Aviation Security.

“The goal was to make it as easy as possible for job seekers to see the wide variety of positions available at airports and speak directly to recruitment teams,” Hurihanganui said.

“For employers, it was an opportunity to speak to a wide range of job seekers at one time and receive applications on the spot.

“We will continue to work with our airport partners, including exploring the possibility of a second job fair in 2023.”

Auckland Airport had 67 vacancies, including in operations and infrastructure.

In the meantime, recruitment continues for high-skilled trades, specialists and graduates throughout the airport. The airport company currently has 67 vacancies, including dozens in operations and infrastructure.

International seat capacity at the airport had returned to around 70% of pre-Covid levels, and domestic seat capacity had rebounded to around 90% of pre-Covid levels.

At the international terminal, 81% of retail and restaurant sites were open.

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