Manchester Evening News - Charlotte Cox

Manchester Airport bosses have asked firefighters to work on the baggage belts amid a workforce shortage, it's been claimed - sparking fears of more disruption and queues for passengers in the busy summer months ahead.

As the aviation sector was savaged by the pandemic, it’s estimated there were more than 2,000 redundancies made from Manchester Airport. They included around 700 people employed directly by the hub, including in management positions, and more than 1,500 by outside employers like baggage handling agents and airlines.

Now travel restrictions are lifting, passenger numbers are on the rise, and plans to reopen Terminal 3 are also in the pipeline. But questions are being raised around whether there will be the workforce to meet demand in what Manchester Airport bosses have described as an 'extremely challenging' labour market.

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