Saudi Arabia just reached a significant milestone in women’s rights and aviation history, when low-cost airline Flyadeal completed a flight with an all-female crew.
The flight departed from the capital Riyadh to the coastal city of Jeddah by the Red Sea on May 19, with 6/7 crew members being Saudi women, and the last member being a foreign woman. The country’s Civil Aviation Authority officially recognized the achievement, praising the expansion of women’s role in the aviation sector in recent years. Before that, in 2019 there was a first flight piloted by a female Saudi pilot.
There is a lot of progress in women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. One of the key figures in this movement is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has lifted a decades-old ban on women driving and loosened the “guardianship” rule that allows men to have more control over female relatives.
It is known that Saudi Arabia is now looking to expand its domestic aviation sector, with goals that include increasing the number of annual visitors to 330 million passengers by 2030 – three times the current number of visitors. In addition, the country is also planning to build a new airport in the capital Riyadh.