29 Aug
  • By Aizhana Danabekova

Saudi Arabia: women to get a pilot license

Women in Saudi Arabia will be able to pilot civilian airlines. The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) issued licenses for five women to work as crew commanders on Saudi Arabian Airlines aircraft. Earlier, the GACA said that one of the Saudi women has a special pilot license named “PPL” which allows her to fly as part of a hobby. 

Now, pilots license to women is a part of the GACA plan to provide them working in the aviation field. Besides, Saudi women have recently entered the aviation sector in different departments such as customer service, air traffic, air transport, termination of travel procedures and administrative work. 

It is also should be noted that in the country rules and regulations have begun to soften against women lately. So, since June, females were allowed to drive cars. Besides, women for the first time obtained the right to work as notaries. Thanks to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is trying to make changes in the country with the strategy of Vision 2030. 

Dalia Yashar, one of the first Saudi students who registered to become a commercial pilot, stands in front of the registration centre, CAE Oxford ATC, where Saudi women can pursue their carrier as a commercial pilots, at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Aizhana Danabekova holds a BA in International Relations and is currently studying for an MSocSc in Cultural Sociology at University College Dublin. She started her career in journalism in Almaty, Kazakhstan at Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.  She wrote articles about different cultures and led the title “Let’s learn Kazakh”.