Riyadh-based carrier Flynas has announced plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time.
Women are not legally barred from working in the aviation sector, but jobs as flight attendants with Saudi carriers have largely been held by female foreign workers from countries such as the Philippines.
A spokesman for Flynas told that nearly 1,000 Saudi women applied for co-pilot positions with the airline in the past 24 hours.
“Flynas is keen to empower Saudi women to play an important role in the kingdom’s transformation,” the low-cost carrier said Wednesday in its call for applications.
The recruitment drive comes just days after Flyadeal, another low-cost Saudi carrier, began posting jobs for Saudi women to work as flight attendants. Despite being allowed to drive cars, women still require permission from their fathers, husbands or other male relatives to travel and to get married under the kingdom’s strict guardianship system.