There is an evident gender gap among various professions in India, but aviation seems to be the exception. For, India tops the chart with maximum women pilots in the world. In a tweet, the Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said Indian carriers employ close to 12.4 per cent women pilots, much higher than the world average. “India tops in the proportion of women pilots than any other nation. Indian carriers employ close to 12.4% women pilots, which is much higher than the world average of 5.4%," the tweet said.
In another tweet, the aviation minister said: "Women power soars high! 210 women pilots including 103 captains are a part of the Air India family. AAI is efficiently women-ed by 507 women Air Traffic Controllers."
As per a report in a portal, India constitutes twice as much as female pilots as compared to Western countries such as the United States and Australia.
You may recall, in January this year, Air India's longest direct route flight with an all-women pilot team landed at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru from San Francisco, flying over the North Pole and covering a distance of about 16,000 kilometers. The route otherwise considered tough saved 10 tonnes of fuel.