"This International Women’s Day we celebrate our diverse female talent and our female guests"
Aer Lingus is offering priority boarding to all female passengers travelling to the UK and Europe from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast this International Women's Day.
It's understood that some 120 flights on Friday, March 8 will see female guests – along with any junior travel companions – board their flight ahead of all others as a gesture by the airline to join in the global celebration of recognising the achievements of women and promoting greater gender equality.
"We are delighted to highlight International Women’s Day today by offering Priority Boarding to all female guests on our short-haul flights out of Ireland," Brian Bowden, Chief People Officer for Aer Lingus said of the move.
The airline reiterated its commitment to supporting female talent, having last year launched its Future Pilot Programme and the Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprentice Scheme.
According to Aer Lingus, women now make up 48% of all employees and 33% of leadership roles across the airline. These roles include those of cabin crew, engineers, flight dispatchers, check-in and boarding teams, planners, IT, marketing, communications, finance, and logistics specialists.
“We are committed to fostering female talent and encouraging greater representation across all functions at the airline," Rachel Izzard, Chief Financial Officer at Aer Lingus commented.
"As a company, Aer Lingus is committed to attracting a wide breadth of talent. This International Women’s Day we celebrate our diverse female talent and our female guests."