Pegasus Airlines is one of the first airlines to sign up to IATA’s “25by2025” gender balance pledge –  the association’s initiative that encourages member airlines to improve female representation in the industry.

Pegasus Airlines said was part of ongoing efforts to promote gender equality. In a ceremony in Berlin, Pegasus Airlines chief executive and IATA board member Mehmet Nane signed the pledge as part of a voluntary campaign for IATA member airlines to improve female representation in senior or under-represented roles in the industry by 25 per cent, or up to a minimum of 25 per cent by 2025.

“Gender equality is an important and ongoing issue for us at Pegasus Airlines, demonstrated by the successful initiatives we’ve implemented thus far. By signing IATA’s 25by2025 initiative, we are now pledging to improve gender balance in our workplace. We are proud to be among the first airlines in the world to have taken this pledge,” Nane said.

“We are also proud to have women excelling in their fields at every level in Pegasus Airlines, from pilots to senior management. Having made this pledge, and with our continued commitment to gender equality, increasing the number of female employees at Pegasus will now to be one of our primary goals moving forward.

IATA’s director general and chief executive, added: “We need a skilled, diverse and gender balanced workforce to meet the growing needs of our customers. Aviation is the business of freedom. And 25by2025 will help this important global industry be an even better employment opportunity for all people looking to make their career by linking the world.”

In 2016, Pegasus Airlines also endorsed the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.

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