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Flybe CEO Celebrates International Woman’s Day in Belfast

Leading regional airline ups weekend flights to daily service due to popular demand

8th March 2017

Flybe’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Christine Ourmieres-Widener, has chosen International Woman’s Day to make her first base visit to George Best Belfast City Airport.  As the first female CEO of the company her choice of destination is significant on this particular day as 52% of the airline’s employees in Belfast are women.

Ms Ourmieres-Widener explains: “Flybe prides itself on the diversity of its workforce where there are women in every role from maintenance to the boardroom.  Whilst there is female dominance in the cabin crew function, I’m delighted to see increasing numbers in other areas and, for example, we now have five female pilots based in Belfast.  We’re particularly keen to develop homegrown talent and are continually on the lookout for women (and men!) with enthusiasm and drive to work across both our internal and customer facing roles.”

Out of Flybe’s 189 employees based at Belfast City Airport, 99 are female representing 52% of the local team.  Flybe’s total workforce of 2,339 has a 59%/41% split in favour of male employees; with 8% of women working in maintenance and engineering roles and another 9% employed as pilots.