In the world, only 6 percent of the general directorates of airlines are occupied by women, a situation that has been maintained in recent years and that shows the female underrepresentation in the airline industry, according to data from the International Air Transport Association (IATAfor its acronym in English).
Due to this scenario, airlines around the world have implemented policies to allow a greater number of women to occupy management positions in companies in the industry.
Although, the IATA has promoted, of its own free will, a policy in which its partners have pledged to increase the number of women in senior management positions by 25 percent or failing that, up to a minimum of 25 percent by 2025, other airlines have defined other actions to reduce the gender gap.
The Spanish airline Iberia, for example, has pledged to increase the percentage of women in management positions by up to 40 percent in the next two years.
“Between 2018 and 2022, the airline has gone from having 18 percent to 34 percent of women in the highest positions of responsibilityindicated the airline in a statement in the framework of the commemoration of 8M.
According to figures from the Iberian airline, 38 percent of its workforce is made up of women, especially in administrative positions and among cabin crew, although to a lesser extent as pilots, aeronautical engineers, and aircraft maintenance technicians.
What about the airlines in Mexico?
In Mexico, Volaris has increased the presence of women in leadership positions by 18 percent in the last two years, while in areas with female underrepresentation growth has been 11 percent.
Although Volaris is recognized as one of the companies with the highest participation of women as independent directors, only 2 of the airline’s 11 directors are women.
According to data from the airline, 26 percent of management positions are held by women, while 47 percent of its collaborators are female staff.