16 DECEMBER 2019


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Article from BTNews 16 DECEMBER 2019

Women in aviation

At its Geneva media summit last week, IATA announced that 59 airlines had committed to the 25by2025 campaign which seeks to address gender balance in civil aviation.

The object of the drive is to increase the number of women in senior airline positions by either 25% or a minimum representation of 25% by 2025. The initiative has resonated around the globe, with signatories coming from all continents; Europe (36), followed by Asia-Pacific (10), the Americas (7) and Africa & Middle East (6). It was noted that the target figure was difficult to reach - easyJet aims for 20% women pilots but so far has managed only 12%.

“Our passengers come from all walks of life, represent different cultures and genders, and yet the industry itself does not represent the diverse world we live in today. We know this needs to change,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director-general and CEO.

IATA says the next phase of the campaign will focus on collecting data on the key areas signatories have committed to: the number of women in senior positions, the number of women in under-represented areas within airlines (eg pilots, maintenance and engineering), and the number of nominations and appointments to IATA governance groups.


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