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Saudi appoints first group of female air traffic controllers

Saudi Air Navigation Services said 11 female air traffic controllers started work in Jeddah

Saudi appoints first group of female air traffic controllers
Eleven females completed a full year of courses in the traffic control management programme dedicated to women at the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation.

State-owned Saudi Air Navigation Services said the first batch of female air traffic controllers started work in Jeddah.

Eleven females completed a full year of courses in the traffic control management programme dedicated to women at the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation.

Ryyan Tarabzoni, CEO of Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS), said the company was prioritising the hiring of women in the profession, in line with improving women’s rights in the country and the government's plans to encourage more nationals employed as part of the “Saudisation” project.

SANS also recently welcomed the second batch of female trainees in the ATC training programme. The group of 15 female trainees attended the induction sessions as a first stepping stone in the journey to becoming air traffic controllers.

During the session, the trainees were introduced to the various systems and policies implemented by the company, as well as demonstrations and observations of real time operations.

The female ATC training program was implemented by the company in support of the kingdom's Vision 2030.

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