Pegasus CEO Güliz Öztürk received the IATA Model Award

Güliz Öztürk, CEO of Pegasus Airlines, received the “Inspirational Role Model Award” at the IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2022 organized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Güliz Öztürk, who carries out numerous activities on gender balance, both at the institutional and individual level, received this special award, which aims to recognize and celebrate the excellent work done to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion. The award was presented at IATA’s 78th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Doha by Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA and Qatar Airways Group CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker.

Güliz Öztürk, CEO of Pegasus, spoke about the “Inspirational Role Model Award”, given to female leaders who have a significant impact on the aviation agenda through their strong contribution to business delivery, as well as their continued support for the diversity and inclusion agenda. Airlines said: “It is a great honor to receive such an important and special award. As Pegasus Airlines, we are a company that values ​​diversity and inclusion. We have been at the center of the fight for gender equality in particular for many years and do a lot of work in this area.We are proud of the fact that our female employees have left their mark in all areas of our company, from pilots to senior management And she continued: “We will make every effort, institutionally and individually, to contribute to the equal participation of all individuals, without distinction of sex, in all areas of social life and to allow women to express their their potential, and we will continue to work with all our might to achieve a more equal future.”

Pegasus’ work on gender equality

Pegasus Airlines, the first airline in the world to join the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles platform, is a member of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Commission for Gender Balance Development. and supports initiatives such as the Yanındayız Association, Wtech Women in Technology Association and the Women in Sales Network (WiSN) social project. Pegasus, which committed to achieving gender balance within the company by signing IATA’s “25by2025” initiative in 2019, continues to review its goal quarterly in this context. Pegasus also sets goals to increase the representation and leadership of women in senior management as part of the UN Global Compact’s Target Gender Equality program and takes decisive action to achieve these goals through performance reviews, workshops and shared learning among participating companies. Indicative of its concern for gender balance, Pegasus Airlines continues its tradition of naming the new aircraft joining its fleet after the daughters of its employees.

Rebecca R. Santistevan