When the aviation industry fully recovers in a couple of years’ time, it could be a sector characterised by greater levels of gender equality, according to the chief of UN agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Currently, just 3 percent of commercial airline pilots and less than 5 percent of airline CEOs globally are women, while most technical roles in the industry tend to be filled by men.
But Dr Fang Liu said she has been “very encouraged by the industry-wide expectation for aviation to build back better post-pandemic”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the re-set button for aviation, offering companies a rare opportunity to make improvements and come up with more effective and sustainable business models.
“I expect air transport not only to re-emerge as a more efficient, resilient, and sustainable global network, but also one characterised by levels of gender equality which are consistent with what countries and companies are telling us they want to achieve,” Dr Liu said in an interview with Aviation Business.
“Crises of this magnitude present us with incredible opportunities for innovation and renewal, and I expect that as air transport once again begins to reconnect our world a new and much more gender balanced sector will emerge more quickly than many may have thought possible pre-COVID-19.”