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More women needed to pilot planes in UK, says minister

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Staff Writer | March 4, 2019
With females accounting for just 6 percent of airline pilots in Britain, a call was made for more women high-flyers in the aviation industry.
Liz Sugg
Britain   Transport Minister Liz Sugg visited the airport
Transport Minister Liz Sugg has called on the aviation industry to address the gender gap, saying the sector needs to make the best use of the female talent.

Sugg has written to the aviation sector, calling on it to pledge action to overcome the gender gap, ahead of International Women's Day later.

Women account for nearly half (47 percent) of Britain's national workforce, but only 6 percent of airline pilots are women.

The minister said: "For every 100 airline pilots, 94 are male. With a shortage of pilots in the future, the aviation industry needs to be making the best use of the talent in this country."

"There are already some great industry initiatives, and ahead of International Women's Day, we are calling on the aviation industry to pledge action to address this gap."

Sugg has already helped launch the Women in aviation charter, which commits to building a more balanced and fair industry for women

British low-cost airline easyJet is on track to achieve its target of ensuring 20 percent of its new pilot entrants are female by 2020.

London Stansted Airport, a signatory to the charter, meanwhile has a number of education programs, including its Aerozone center, which have helped inspire thousands of young girls in the last three years.

Liz Austin, HR Director at London Stansted Airport, said: "Encouraging more girls into aviation-related careers is something London Stansted fully supports, and we welcome the government's drive to increase the number of women in these roles."


 

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