The CEO of Munich International Airport and President of ACI Europe, Dr. Micheal Kerkloh, stated at the Airports Council International that there is ” a lot of truth” in aviation being termed a ‘boys’ club and that more must be done to attract talented women to the industry.
There has been a prominent discourse in the last decade – particularly in the last few years – of gender diversity in the aviation industry.
The discourse was thrown into the spotlight very recently as CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, caused controversy by seeming to claim that the top position at an airline can only be taken on by a man. The CEO later apologised.
In the context of airport leaders’, there has been more gender diversity in recent years. Kerkloh noted that Munich Airport benefits greatly by women in higher roles.
Now 30% of supervisory or executive roles at the German Airport are filled by women. Additional measures and projects are also in place to continue this diversification.
Kerkloh finished his presentation by stating the industry must highlight the women in leading roles in order to progress with industry diversity and demonstrated this by showing many female executives on the screen.
The room met the slide with applause, showing that this issue is something which, it seems, the industry importantly agrees on.