Airlines with less-frequent service or fewer resources at a particular location sometimes subcontract ground handling or on-call aircraft maintenance to another airline, as it is a short-term cheaper alternative to setting up its own ground handling or maintenance capabilities.
Job Description. The ground staff of international airlines includes a number of positions, many of which are associated with the handling of baggage and cargo. Baggage handlers are also classified as stock, freight and material movers. They handle baggage, moving it on and off conveyors and terminal carts.