At Düsseldorf Airport, the largest handling company, Aviapartner, is not allowed to continue from April – just during the Easter holidays. The Verdi union warns of chaos at the largest airport in North Rhine-Westphalia. He is now trying to calm down.

“Düsseldorf Airport, the airlines and the companies that operate the ground handling services for the airlines work hand in hand in an intensive daily exchange to ensure a smooth transition in the operational processes and to fill all necessary positions with qualified employees,” writes the Airport on Monday (January 23). Various working bodies would take care of offices and premises, vehicles and equipment, training and certification, and recruiting of new employees.

On December 19, 2022, the NRW Ministry of Transport announced which companies would take over the ground handling services at Düsseldorf Airport from April 1: Acciona Airport Services Düsseldorf, Wisag Aviation Contracting Düsseldorf and AAS Germany. After more than 20 years, Aviapartner, the largest handler with around 700 employees, was no longer there.

When asked about the reasons by aeroTELEGRAPH, the ministry explained that the criteria had been defined in detail and announced as part of the call for tenders. “Among other things, the personnel concepts were also part of the assessment, whereby it should be noted in particular that each of the license holders openly spoke out in favor of taking on employees from a previous license holder.”

According to Düsseldorf Airport, “the job interviews are in full swing” at all three ground handling service providers. The airport explains: “There are very good opportunities, especially for employees who already have an airport ID card and the appropriate training and qualifications.”

Verdi criticizes that the new handling companies have no collective agreements. Aviapartner employees would have to “apply for their previous jobs with the new employers and receive insecure, sometimes temporary job offers with significantly lower incomes,” according to the union. She calls for collective bargaining and threatens to go on strike.

This article was written by Timo Nowack

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The original of this article “Airport draws a line! Separation follows handling chaos” comes from aeroTelegraph.