Manchester Airport’s CEO has vowed to crack down on ground handlers following an incident on 20 September which showed employees of Swissport – the handler employed by Ryanair – causing damage to passenger belongings.
Andrew Cowan said: “Manchester Airport will not tolerate the kind of behaviour shown yesterday by the employees of the ground handling company Swissport.
“We are clear that it is completely unacceptable for our customers’ belongings to be treated in this way. We would like to reassure passengers that those involved will not be allowed to work on our site again.
“We have sought urgent assurances from Swissport and Ryanair that a full investigation will be carried out and swift and robust action taken.
“We have also asked Swissport to carry out an urgent review of their recruitment and training processes to ensure their employees are clear about the high levels of customer service that are required.
“If we are not satisfied by Swissport’s response to these issues, we will consider what further steps are required to protect passengers’ interests, including the full range of sanctions that are available to us as part of Swissport’s operating licence.”