Date
20 September 2017
Airport service providers desperate for ground support staff are hiring people with no experience. Photo: CNA
Airport service providers desperate for ground support staff are hiring people with no experience. Photo: CNA

Hong Kong airport facing worsening services manpower shortage

Hong Kong airport is facing a serious manpower shortage in certain key services even as more capacity is being added, Singtao Daily reported Monday.

About 100 positions have yet to be filled at Worldwide Flight Services which provide concierge services, the report said, citing the head of its human resources department.

The company, which employs 600 workers, is in need of ground staff to handle fuel refill support, baggage handling, wheelchair and VIP services.  

Applicants are discouraged by the cost and inconvenience of the long commute and most are interested in in-flight related jobs. Worldwide Flight is already hiring people with no experience, it said.    

The company urged the government to provide more airport transport for workers and increase transport allowance. It said increasing the permanent population around the airport could be a long-term solution.

Hong Kong Airport Services said it needs 100 workers this year after hiring 600 in the past four years.

It said many of its 3,600 employees complain about the long commute.

Next year, the airport is expected to begin construction on a HK$130 billion third runway, which means more manpower is needed.

Airport services companies said the government should consider importing foreign workers, the report said.

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