An airline ramp planner is responsible for knowing the arrival and departure times for each of the airline’s aircraft at that airport. He or she coordinates a variety of departments or companies that must perform various tasks on the aircraft before it can depart for the next flight. The ramp planner notifies the fueler, cargo and baggage handlers, the food concession or catering company, cabin cleaners, and more.
Working in the airline industry is exciting, and many enjoy working behind the scenes. Ramp planners may also qualify for travel benefits.
Because planes fly at all hours, ramp planners are needed around the clock which can mean working nights, weekends, and holidays. The work can be very stressful and involves working with many other people in other departments.
Ramp planners must work well under pressure and be very organized. They must be flexible and capable of making last minute decisions under stressful conditions. Good communication skills are essential as is the ability to work as part of a team. The job of ramp planner is a more senior position than ramp agent.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Some airlines require a minimum age of 18 or older.
Some training is provided on-the-job and by the airline, but the job candidate is expected to have previous experience working on the ramp.
Salary and Benefits
$8-$18 per hour (http://www.youngeagles.org/careers/airlines.asp)
Benefits may include paid vacation, dental and life insurance, sick leave, retirement plan, free or reduced airfare for employees and immediate family members.