Riyadh-based carrier Flynas announces plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots, gets 1,000 applications in 24 hours

Last Updated: Sep 14 2018 17:27

Months after Saudi Arabia lifted a decades-long ban on female motorists, Riyadh-based carrier Flynas announced plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time.

Saudi Arabia in June ended a longstanding ban on women driving cars as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to improve women’s participation in the workforce.

Women are not legally barred from working in the aviation sector, but jobs as flight attendants with Saudi carriers have largely been held by female foreign workers from countries such as the Philippines.

A spokesman for the airline told AFP on Thursday that nearly 1,000 Saudi women have applied for co-pilot positions with Flynas in the past 24 hours, as the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom relaxes gender restrictions amid the far-reaching liberalisation drive.

“Flynas is keen to empower Saudi women to play an important role in the kingdom’s transformation,” the low-cost carrier said Wednesday in its call for applications.

“Women... are an essential part of the airline’s success.”