Published on : Monday, January 2, 2017
The annual Christmas binge is complete and New Year resolutions are being drawn up. It’s a time when many people look to the lifestyle changes and fitness regimes they can adopt to wipe the slate clean. With the NHS’ estimate that approximately 4 in 5 people in the UK have a desk-based job, spending long periods of the day sitting down, most places of work are not synonymous with physical activity. London City Airport, however, has undertaken internal research that demonstrates that an airport could be among the most active workplaces in the country, with staff rivalling even postal workers, construction workers and farmers.
The airport interviewed staff in different roles, including cabin crew, airport managers based in the terminal and even the on-site fire service, surveying the equipment they use and distance travelled on foot, using pedometers.
The findings, presented in a new info-graphic and YouTube video, highlight the breadth and variety of physical roles which exist at London City Airport.
A London City Airport spokesperson said, “We knew the London City Airport team worked hard, but even we were surprised to find they are Olympic-level walkers, champion weightlifters, and do enough bicep curls to make any gym goer sweat – every day.
“Before you reach for this year’s must-have fitness DVD or sign up for an expensive gym membership, consider simple steps you can take whatever your day job, to get more active.”
With up to 300 flights arriving and departing at London City Airport every day, baggage handlers have an important role to play in order to maintain the speedy flight turnaround times. On average they process over 7 tonnes of hold luggage by hand each day – more than 1 tonne greater than an African elephant.
It is airport managers that clock up the mileage on foot – an impressive 9.1 miles on average for each shift, in and around the 18,000m2 passenger terminal, which is the equivalent to 37 laps of an Olympic race track. Even at an altitude of 40,000 feet, cabin crew manage to clock 3 miles on average during a 1 hour 30 minute flight, to one of the airport’s nearly 50 destinations.
Aircraft marshallers, who work on the airfield come rain or shine, direct up to 20 flights during a shift using an array of different arm signals, meaning that not only do they walk on average 5 miles, but do 160 ‘bicep curls’ with the marshalling batons.
Lifting some of the heaviest equipment is the on-site fire brigade, who train in 300° heat and wear 10kg of uniform, sometimes training with 12kg of breathing apparatus and 16kg fire hoses.
For the benefit of the majority of people who don’t have the superhuman strength of a fire-fighter, the airport’s local fitness instructor, Julian Dominique, recommends a few simple exercises to stay active in the office as well.