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Air travel assistants

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£27,040 Average Salary
36 Average hours per week


Air travel assistants issue travel tickets and boarding passes, examine other documentation, provide information and assistance at airport terminals and look after the welfare, comfort and safety of passengers travelling in aircraft.

Main Tasks

  • Receives passengers at airport terminal, examines tickets and other documentation, checks in luggage and distributes boarding passes;
  • Checks emergency equipment, distributes reading material, blankets and other items, and ensures that the aircraft is ready for the receipt of passengers;
  • Welcomes passengers on board the aircraft, guides them to their seats and assists with any hand luggage;
  • Ensures that sufficient stocks of meals and beverages are on board the aircraft prior to take off and serves passengers during the flight;
  • Sells duty-free goods during the flight;
  • Makes announcements on behalf of the pilot, demonstrates the use of emergency equipment and checks that safety belts are fastened;
  • Directs and instructs passengers in the event of an emergency, ensures safety procedures are followed.


Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades. Fluency in a foreign language may also be required in some posts. Training typically lasts between 3 to 6 weeks followed by a 6 to 12 month probationary period of on-the-job training.

What Air travel assistants studied in higher education

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What Air travel assistants studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies3
(L3) Sociology5
(Q9) Others in linguistics, classics & related subjects1
(C8) Psychology5
(W1) Fine art1
(H4) Aerospace engineering3
(W3) Music1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(Q3) English studies2
(L2) Politics2
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing4
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport28
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(N6) Human resource management1
(N1) Business studies8
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)1
(N4) Accounting1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period3
(L6) Anthropology1

UK Prospects

31900 Workforce Size
1.03% Predicted decline 2022 - 2027
10900 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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