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Saudi Arabia Based Airlines Flynas To Recruit Women Pilots And Flight Attendants

Written By Nilanjana Roy | Mumbai | Published:

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  • A Riyadh based airlines Flynas has taken a decision to recruit Saudi Arabian woman in the position of pilots and flight attendants
  • ¬†As per reports, Flynas has opened its application to recruit the Saudi Arabian women
  • Reportedly, a spokesperson of the airlines have further added that about 1, 000 Saudi women have already filled the application form for the posts
  • The age-old ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was lifted in 2018

A Riyadh based airlines Flynas has taken a decision to recruit Saudi Arabian women in the position of pilots and flight attendants. This is the first time when such a decision has been taken in favour of Saudi Arabian women. As per reports, Flynas has opened its application to recruit Saudi Arabian women, as officials of the airlines are interested to make women more strong so that they can play an important role in the transformation of the country.

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Reportedly, a spokesperson of the airlines has further added that about 1, 000 Saudi women have already filled the application form for the posts. Before Flynas announced this new initiative for the women, another airline of Saudi Arabia, Flyadeal had made an announcement of hiring women for the posts of flight attendants. 

Saudi women have been restricted from doing various activities in the kingdom. However, as per reports, Prince Salman has announced that he will be lifting bans on several activities for women and will be working towards the upliftment of the economy of the country. Saudi women will be able to attend sports events, join the military, will have the freedom to speak freely against sexual harassment, and driving.

Recently in May 2018, the women of Saudi Arabia were allowed to be able to drive cars, as the driving ban was lifted, following are the details: 

The driving ban in Saudi Arabia

  • The ban on women driving was imposed in 1957 in Riyadh. However, Saudi women decided to challenge this ban and took to roads in 1990. As a consequence of this, reportedly 47 Saudi women were detained for a day and their passports were also confiscated.
  • From 2007-2008, thousands of women signed a petition to the former king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah for lifting the ban on women driving. Journalist and co-founder of the Association for the Protection and Defense of Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia, Wajeha al-Huwaider, posted a video of herself driving on the streets of the country, on YouTube. This was done on the International women's day in 2008.
  • In 2011, a  group of women started a campaign on Facebook named 'Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself'. This campaign went for about four years. In 2017, the present king of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced to lift the age-old ban on women driving. In 2018, the ban was officially lifted.

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