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Employment boost at Airport


Cologne Bonn Airport is the job generator in the region – as the increasing figures of employees reveal: on the reporting date of 31 December 2017, 14,804 men and women were employed in 130 business enterprises at the Airport. These figures were the result of a workplace survey carried out by the Airport every two years. Since the last survey in 2015, 839 new jobs have been created – an increase of 6 percent. In the last ten years 2,344 new jobs have been created at Cologne/Bonn Airport – which means a 19-percent growth. All in all, the Airport ensures an income of more than 560 million Euros.


“With more than 14,800 employees, our Airport is one of the largest places of work in North Rhine-Westphalia. There is hardly another place where so many various jobs and professions come together. Here shipping agents, bird strike officials, air traffic engineers all work alongside one another. This diversity is what makes the Airport such a fascinating place to work,” says Johan Vanneste, CEO Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH.



Jobs are divided into Passenger and Cargo sectors


Three quarters of the employees work for the ten largest business enterprises at the Airport. These include UPS (2,902 employees), the Lufthansa Group with Eurowings (2,108) and the Airport Company (1,856). The jobs are spread over the two key areas of Cologne Bonn Airport: 55 percent of the employees are involved in the Passenger sector, 45 percent in Cargo.


With so many employees in the Cargo sector, night work has a high significance at the Airport. More than 6,800 employees work between 10 o’clock in the evening and 6 o’clock in the morning – and that either occasionally, regularly or permanently. “46 percent of our jobs are night-time jobs – this underlines how important liberal night flight operations are for the Airport and its employees, and also for the local economy,” explains Johan Vanneste.


The businesses based at the Airport are optimistic about the future: 93 percent of the companies assume the number of employees will remain stable over the next two years, or even increase. Almost half the enterprises, 49 percent, reckon on an increasing turnover during this time.



International working environment at Cologne/Bonn


As the workplace survey shows, the Airport is also characterised by its multi-cultural working environment. 11,594 German nationals work at the Airport, 3,210 employees have other nationalities – that is 22 percent. The majority of these, 10 percent, have a Turkish background, 2 percent are Greek and 1.7 percent Polish.

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