Britain’s airports play a vital role in the UK economy, connecting us to countries and businesses across the world, facilitating the trade and export links that support many thousands of jobs up and down the country.
Be it for business, leisure or visiting friends and family, at MAG, over 50 million passengers passed through our airports last year, alongside hundreds of thousands of tonnes of freight, supporting billions of pounds to the UK economy.
But we can’t do it alone. We work with hundreds of other companies to make our airports a success, and we make a conscious effort to work with local supply chains to ensure the benefits of living and working near an airport are felt by the local economy. To boost our impact, every year we run ‘Meet the Buyers’ events, matching local buyers up with local suppliers, generating millions in sales for additional local businesses.
Whilst we know that local businesses and local jobs are important, as a business it is important for us that the right people are available to take up the opportunities on offer, and help grow our business. At MAG we want as many of these skills to come from our local area, and have created airport academies to help ensure this happens. Our academies offer training and work with our airport business partners to match local peoples’ skills to the right roles for them. They’re open to anyone, whether they are just looking to gain experience to help with employment or they want to work for our airports specifically. Over 20,000 people were supported through our education to employment programmes last year, with almost a 1,000 taking on work with us, and thousands more finding work elsewhere.