Gatwick hosts gender diversity in aviation conference

05/03/2020

  • Gatwick partnering with Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter (WiAAC) for the event
  • Personal development, sharing best practice and working towards gender balance will be key topics
  • Eleven speakers from Gatwick, the CAA, and several other industry leading companies along with round table discussions

A diversity conference is being held at Gatwick today to help industry-wide efforts at making aviation more gender balanced to coincide with International Women’s Day this Sunday, 8th March.

Eleven leading aviation experts from Gatwick, Virgin, Airbus and the Royal Aeronautical Society will give talks at the event, which has seen Gatwick partnering with Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter (WiAAC) – an organisation designed to collectively build more gender balanced aviation and aerospace sectors.

Round table discussions will also help participants to share best practices and also to encourage more organisations to sign the Aerospace Charter, which sets out a range of commitments to work together to build a more balanced and fair industry for women. So far, the charter has nearly 200 signatories since being launched in 2018.

To help address the issue, Gatwick held a ‘Women in STEM’ day for daughters and their mothers to see the different aspects of the airport and the opportunities available and also partners with an all-girls school in Horsham to encourage more females to consider STEM related careers.

 

Bronwen Jones, Development Director at Gatwick Airport, said: “Greater gender diversity in aviation is so important and we are delighted that so many well qualified delegates are coming to discuss how, as an industry, we can work towards achieving this goal. Improvements in the gender balance are proven to lead to significantly better productivity rates in the workforce and this can only be beneficial for both the aviation and aerospace industries, their businesses, suppliers and passengers.”

 

 

ENDS

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Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), which manages the remaining 49.99% interest in Gatwick, is an independent infrastructure investor that makes equity investments in high quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors. GIP has US$68 billion of Assets under Management. Its 41 portfolio companies operate in over 51 countries with more than 67,000 employees and generate annual revenues of circa US$51 billion.

For more information on VINCI Airports please visit www.vinci-airports.com and for more information on GIP please visit http://global-infra.com

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About Gatwick Airport

Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport. It serves more than 230 destinations in 74 countries for 46 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. Gatwick is also a major economic driver and generates around 85,000 jobs nationally, with 24,000 of these located on the airport.

In 2019, a new long-term partnership was formed with VINCI Airports who purchased a 50.01% stake in the airport. This partnership saw Gatwick Airport integrate into the network of VINCI Airports, the leading private airport operator in the world, which manages the development and operation of 45 airports located in Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Served by more than 250 airlines, VINCI Airports’ network handled 255 million passengers in 2019. Through its expertise as a comprehensive integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability and know-how to optimise the management and performance of airports and carry out extensions and upgrades. In 2019, its annual revenue for managed activities amounted to €4.9 billion, for a consolidated revenue of €2.6 billion.

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Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), which manages the remaining 49.99% interest in Gatwick, is an independent infrastructure investor that makes equity investments in high quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors. GIP has US$68 billion of Assets under Management. Its 41 portfolio companies operate in over 51 countries with more than 67,000 employees and generate annual revenues of circa US$51 billion.

For more information on VINCI Airports please visit www.vinci-airports.com and for more information on GIP please visit http://global-infra.com


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