More Female Pilots Joining City Airport Airline
Flybe's newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Christine Ourmieres-Widener, choose International Women's Day yesterday to make her first base visit to George Best Belfast City Airport.
As the first female CEO of the company her choice of destination is significant especially on International Women's Day as 52 per cent of the airline's employees in Belfast are women.
Ms Ourmieres-Widener explains: “Flybe prides itself on the diversity of its workforce where there are women in every role from maintenance to the boardroom. Whilst there is female dominance in the cabin crew function, I’m delighted to see increasing numbers in other areas and, for example, we now have five female pilots based in Belfast. We’re particularly keen to develop home-grown talent and are continually on the lookout for women (and men!) with enthusiasm and drive to work across both our internal and customer facing roles.”
Out of Flybe’s 189 employees based at Belfast City Airport, 99 are female representing 52 per cent of the local team. Flybe’s total workforce of 2,339 has a 59/41 per cent split in favour of male employees; with eight per cent of women working in maintenance and engineering roles and another nine per cent employed as pilots.
Flybe recruits and runs training courses for cabin crew and other roles on a regular basis at their Training Academy in Exeter. It not only wishes to attract young people starting out on their first job but also those who may be thinking of a career change. For more details check out flybe.com.
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