Saudi Airline to recruit women as co-pilots
Riyadh -based carrier Flynas would be recruiting Saudi women as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time.
Women of Saudi are not legally banned from working in the aviation sector, but major part of the jobs as flight attendants with Saudi carriers have largely been held by female foreign workers from countries such as the Philippines.
Nearly 1,000 Saudi women applied for co-pilot positions with the airline in the past 24 hours.
In its call for applications, the low-cost carrier’s spokesperson said it was “keen to empower Saudi women to play an important role in the kingdom’s transformation”.
Women “are an essential part of the airline’s success”, it said.
The announcement was made on Wednesday after the country lifted a long-standing ban on female motorists as part of a bid to increase women’s participation in the workforce.
The recruitment drive comes just days after Flyadeal, another low-cost Saudi carrier, began posting jobs for Saudi women to work as flight attendants.
The ban on women driving was lifted in June as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans to transform the economy of the world’s top oil exporter.