SmartLynx Airlines advances toward gender balance in personnel

SmartLynx Airlines celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week

In 2021, SmartLynx committed to increasing the number of women represented in the company by participating in IATA’s #25by2025, which aims to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the aviation industry.

Since then, SmartLynx has improved the results and increased the total percentage of women employed in the company by 3%, and it expects this number to keep rising.

The beginning of March marks the celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, a time to highlight and honor the significant achievements of women in the aviation industry and empower more women to pursue careers in this traditionally male-dominated field.

Lilija Boltovska, Deputy VP Technical at SmartLynx Airlines, highlights the evolving landscape of the aviation industry: “While aviation remains a predominantly male environment, we are witnessing a consistent rise in young women embarking on careers in aviation engineering.

“Working in the technical department presents its unique set of challenges for women, yet it’s an immensely rewarding field.

“Ultimately, it’s the quality of your professional contributions and the results you achieve that matter most. I firmly believe that success in aviation is not gender-dependent but is the result of hard work and dedication.”

Ruzica Vukovic, A320 Captain SmartLynx Airlines: “Since early childhood, being a pilot was my only career option, and now I can’t think of anything else I would rather do.

“When I first joined SmartLynx, there were just six of us – female pilots. Now, there are so many that I’ve lost count.

“Witnessing the arrival of new female colleagues brings me joy and makes me realize how far we’ve come in aviation.

“For any woman aspiring to an aviation career, I can truly say that being a pilot offers the freedom to work globally and explore the world but also ensures substantial financial security. The journey is truly rewarding”.