UK budget carrier EasyJet is on course to hit its target to ensure that 20% of its new pilot intake is female by 2020.
Marc Parent, chief executive of simulator specialist CAE, says EasyJet “will achieve this goal next year”.
Parent, speaking on 1 October at the opening of a new training centre at London Gatwick airport for which EasyJet is the largest client, said the fact that only 5% of pilots are women is a “truly shocking statistic”.

David Morgan, interim chief operations officer at EasyJet, declines to confirm Parent’s comment, but notes that the carrier achieved a female intake rate of 15% in 2018 and is “on target” to reach the higher figure next year.

A more ambitious goal is likely to the follow in the future, and a “new plan will be shared towards the end of the year”, says Morgan.