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Flynas plans soon to hire Saudi Arabian female co-pilots

Layan Odeh

Bloomberg

| Thu, September 13, 2018 | 05:08 am
Flynas plans soon to hire Saudi Arabian female co-pilots

Airbus A320 from Flynas landing at Dubai Airport, United Arab Emirates, on March 9, 2017. (Shutterstock/File)

Flynas said it will soon start recruiting Saudi women to work as co-pilots as the kingdom loosens gender restrictions to bolster economic growth.

The Riyadh-based airline said it will be the first among Saudi carriers to recruit women in senior positions.

The move aims to enable Saudi women to have a greater role in supporting the kingdom’s economy, Chief Executive Officer Bandar Almohanna said in a statement.

Read also: Why some Saudi women will keep their driving licences a secret

Under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has eased rules that had limited female participation in the workforce and removed a longstanding ban on women driving. Women, however, still need the approval of male guardians to travel or marry -- though not to obtain a driver’s license.

Established in 2007, Flynas has a fleet of 30 aircraft flying to 17 Saudi and 53 international destinations, according to its website.

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