Careers on the ground - Guest Services
Check In is usually the first physical contact point the airline has with a guest on their journey. It's a customer service role, making sure our guests' flight experience starts as well as possible. But Check In is also about safety, which is why the Check In team make sure that guests' visas and passports are in order, and ensure that guests have packed their own bags. It's about making sure that families get to sit together, reassuring nervous guests, and generally recognising that what we do on the ground affects the whole journey.
Our Guest Services Team are also responsible for boarding all our passengers onto the correct flights, ticket sales and reservations, baggage tracing, and looking after our Aer Lingus Lounge.
On any given day, boarding staff may also have worked on check-in. Their job at boarding is to get all our passengers on board our aircraft, generally within 20 minutes, having checked all their IDs and passports. It's quite a feat to make all guests feel special and as comfortable as possible while doing this, but being safe and being punctual is what brings people back to fly with us.
Some guests want to buy a ticket for the next available flight. Sometimes ticket sales are to people who have missed flights and who are therefore making an unexpected and unwelcome purchase. Our team aim to satisfy those guests while still retaining them as customers.
Check in staff also work in the Aer Lingus lounge. This is where an extra level of care and attention is devoted to our AerClub frequent flyer passengers.
There's an average of 150 bags on each one of our 85,000 departures every year, so that's a lot of bags to keep track of, but we are really proud of our baggage handling record. The industry standard is 6 lost pieces per thousand transported. Our target is 3, and currently, we are on about 1. We take people's baggage very seriously, and out baggage tracing team make sure that passengers are re-united with any lost baggage as soon as possible.