IATA campaign looks to increase female airline employees

posted on 1st October 2019 by William Hayes
IATA campaign looks to increase female airline employees

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced it is pledging to improve gender diversity among its members with the associations new “25 by 2025,” campaign.

Among the goals set out by the campaign are:

  • Reporting key diversity metrics annually.
  • Increasing the number of women in senior positions at member airlines by either 25% against current metrics or to 25% overall by 2025.
  • Increasing the number of women in under-represented jobs, such as pilots and operational positions, by either 25% against current metrics or to 25% overall by 2025.

“The gender imbalance in the industry is clear,” said IATA.

Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported on a study indicating that among purchasing and supply chain professionals in the U.S., men earned an average of 29% more than their female coworkers in 2017.

That gap widened for those with more industry experience, as men in the industry for between 15 and 19 years earned a whopping 48% more than women with the same experience.

Alaska Airlines, which prides itself on gender diversity within the company and bills itself as the only airline “to achieve gender parity among independent board directors” – pledged to increase the number of African American women pilots flying for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air over the next six years.