Jeddah – Saudi Arabian airlines revealed on Wednesday it intends to recruit more women, in line with the government’s drive to increase job opportunities for Saudi women, while respecting religious customs.
Khalid al Melhem, the airline’s general manager, said new Saudi female recruits would progressively replace foreign workers such as flight attendants or workers in the electronic administration department.
After a meeting with the Board of Directors at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, al Melhem said, “A study is underway to identify the sectors which can provide jobs for women. It will also examine the feasibility of opening branches operated by women. In addition, cooperation with universities and educational institutes, in order to train female graduates is increasing.”
In reference to the pressure being exerted on international airlines, as a result of instability in the Middle East, Al Melhem stressed that the airline’s insurance policy gave it the right to operate flights to and from Syria.
“Saudi Arabian airlines is able to fly to destinations worldwide and had no plans to suspend flights to Syria. In the last few days, more than 18,000 passengers flew from Syria to the Kingdom,” he added.