Stansted Airport is bolstering its security operation by recruiting 160 new staff to work as security officers.
Following a terrorism scare in the summer, checks at airports have become more stringent and Stansted has faced some of its “biggest challenges ever” to meet the new requirements and keep things running as smoothly as possible.
The new staff members, who will be recruited from areas surrounding Stansted, will undergo various tests to assess whether or not they are suitable for the role. Then they will go through an “intense” three week training programme in order to gain a position at the airport. They will also have to pass government background and security checks.
Stansted is the fourth busiest airport in the UK and handles more than 20 million passengers per year. Low-cost airlines including Ryanair and easyJet have hubs there and offer flights to a wide range of UK and European destinations.
The new positions will ensure that safety and security remain the top priority for Stansted passengers, Murphy added.