Flight Dispatcher

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Flight dispatchers co-ordinate all activities on the ground at an airport to ensure the safe, quick and efficient turnaround of aircraft from when they land to the time they depart. They are also known as turn around co-ordinators (TCOs) or load controllers.

The Work

Duties performed depend on the airline you work for and the size of the airport you are based at.

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries are around £16,000 and with experience this can increase to around £21,000 a year. In senior positions you might earn up to £30,000 or more. You may also earn extra through shift allowance and overtime pay.


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Getting In

Jobs are advertised on specific recruitment websites such as Aviation Job Search and airline or ground handling company websites.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland


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Job Outlook Scotland

4.4 %

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

People 1st - Careers That Move
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Twitter: @p1stgroup

People 1st is the Sector Skills Council for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries. Careers That Move is in association with People 1st and the UKSP. It is the careers website for passenger transport and travel.

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