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AOA highlights work of airports on International Women’s Day

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To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the Airport Operators Association, the trade body for UK airports, is highlighting work being done by airports.

Karen Dee, the AOA’s chief executive, said: “International Women’s Day is an important opportunity to highlight all the great work being done by airports 365 days a year to increase female participation in aviation.

“We want the next generation of women to know the opportunities that airports and aviation has, and the contribution they can make to this vitally important sector.

“Whether it be reaching out to local schools, providing a workplace more supportive to women’s needs or developing existing female colleagues, airports are at the forefront of increasing diversity.

“We will be working with airports to support their activities, and to raise awareness of what they are doing among stakeholders and decision makers as best practice.”

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, the AOA’s chair, said: “I am passionate about improving skills and develop female colleagues in aviation, so it is brilliant to see everything airports are doing.

“There are roles for every kind of skill set and chances for fulfilling and wide-ranging careers and airports are working hard to raise awareness of these every day.

“Getting more women involved in aviation will have significant benefits to the economy, widening the talent pool, increasing productivity, and developing a sector that more effectively meets passengers’ needs.

“I am delighted to be a part of this process, and to represent a sector doing so much to increase the opportunities for women.”

The following are some examples of the work being undertaken at airports in the UK in support the existing female workforce and increasing female representation among colleagues in aviation.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
To help develop women across the business and supports our Diversity and Inclusion strategy, Liverpool John Lennon Airport is launching a Women’s Mentoring Scheme. This will be a trial scheme with a focus towards with the aim of achieving 50% female representation at senior management level by 2028.

London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick’s Business Resource Group ‘Equal Plane’ is an employee-led group focussed on removing barriers, providing support and promoting the talents of women. They work collaboratively with the airport to drive change, including the provision of female changing rooms, kit and equipment in historically male dominated areas such as engineering; supporting HR with updating relevant policies; and creating networking opportunities via a range of events.

Heathrow Airport
This year, Heathrow is taking its inspiration for its activity to mark International Women’s Day from the famous quote ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ by Marian Wright Edelman. As part of this, members of the airport will visit two local schools to celebrate International Women’s Day and showcase the great women of Heathrow and aviation.