Saudi Women Can Now Start Flying As Well

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Saudi women will now be able to learn how to fly, weeks after the kingdom lifted a decades’ long driving ban on women, local media has reported.

Oxford Aviation Academy has opened its doors to women and will start accepting applications from Saudi women who can begin their training in September.

Classes will take place in the eastern city of Dammam.

“We are no longer living in the era where women were allowed [to work] in limited arenas. All avenues are now opened for women,” applicant Dalal Yashar, who hopes to work as a civil pilot, told Reuters.

“If you have the appetite, you have the ability.”

In January, Eqbal Darandari, a member of the Saudi Shura Council–the kingdom’s legislative body, called on national airlines to empower women by creating jobs.

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