The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that 59 airlines have committed to the 25 by 2025 campaign which seeks to address gender balance in civil aviation.
According to IATA the 25 by 2025 campaign was launched on September 26, 2019 with participating airlines making a voluntary commitment to:
- Increase the number of women in senior positions (to be defined by the member airlines) by either 25 per cent against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25 per cent by 2025
- Increase the number of women in under-represented jobs (e.g., pilots and operations) by either 25 per cent against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25 per cent by 2025
- Report annually on key diversity metrics
IATA said that the 59 airlines collectively and currently committed to 25 by 2025 representing 30.24 per cent of passenger traffic, covering both traditional and low-cost airlines.
The initiative, the airline body said has resonated around the globe, with signatories coming from all continents: Europe 36, followed by Asia-Pacific 10, the Americas 7 and Africa & Middle East 6.
Speaking on the issue, IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniac, said, “Our passengers come from all walks of life, represent different cultures and genders and yet, the industry itself does not represent the diverse world we live in today. We know this needs to change. I welcome the 59 airlines that have committed to 25 by 2025. It’s an encouraging step forward in this important journey and I look forward to many more joining the campaign.”
The next phase of the campaign, IATA stated would focus on collecting data on the key areas signatories have committed to, the number of women in senior positions (as defined by the airline), the number of maintenance & engineering) and the number of nominations and appointments to IATA governance groups.
IATA is also measuring and reporting on the number of women in senior positions and the number of women represented in industry meetings.
The findings will be shared during IATA’s Annual General Meeting and Air Transport Summit in Amsterdam in June 2020.
IATA listed the 59 airlines that have joined the campaign to include: Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, AVIANCA, Air Baltic Corporation, Air Botswana, Air Corsica, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, All Nippon Airways, Atlantic Airways, Atlas Air, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Carpatair, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Lufthansa and Edelweiss Air.
Others are : Etihad Airways, EuroAtlantic Airways, Eurowings, Federal Express Corporation, Finnair, Flybe, Georgian Airways, Gulf Air Company, Hahn Air Lines, Hi Fly, IBERIA, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Lufthansa CityLine, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pegasus, Qantas Airways, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Singapore Airlines Limited, Somon Air, Swiss International Air Lines, TAAG – Linhas Aéreas de Angola, The Royal Jordanian Airline, Transportes Aéreos Portugueses (TAP), Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Australia International Airlines, Vueling Airlines, Westjet