Gatwick is looking to recruit more than 1,200 retail, restaurant, check-in desk assistance and luggage handling staff ahead of the summer peak.

Over 800 jobs are being offered from across the airport’s shops and restaurants including WHSmith, JD Wetherspoon, Boots, Fat Face, Starbucks and Monsoon.

More than 400 vacancies are also available jobs for ground handling agents, the companies which provide check-in desk assistance for passengers as well as loading and unloading luggage and cargo onto aircraft. These include DHL, Menzies, Airline Services, dnata and Swissport.

The airport’s head of retail Rachel Bulford, said: “It’s great to see, once again, so many job opportunities opening up throughout our retail and restaurant offering at the airport.

“These roles will help to ensure we provide excellent service in all our outlets as passenger numbers increase over the busy summer period.

“A large proportion of our staff are based in the surrounding counties, making Gatwick one of the largest economic drivers for the south-east region.”

DHL operations vice president Spencer Conday added: “We are pleased to be working with Gatwick airport on our strategy for 2018 recruitment.

“By combining our efforts we hope to attract the best talent for a number of exciting jobs and career opportunities at the airport and ensure customers continue to receive great service.”