Monday, March 08, 2021

International Women's Day: All-women team takes control of Delhi ATC at IGI Airport

New Delhi: On the occasion of International Women's Day, an all-women team handled air traffic control (ATC) operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

"It is a very great experience. We feel special to have an all women's team here. The air traffic is increasing day by day post-COVID lockdown. All the women are handling the traffic very well. This is a male-dominated job. However, I believe that women are equally capable of handling such stressful air traffic monitoring job," Shilpam Ratan, manager, Air Traffic Control (ATC) told ANI.

"It is indeed very challenging. But, soon, I believe that it will be a female-dominated job. We got several wishes from several pilots today on the occasion of International Women's Day," she added.``I feel elated working here. I started working here in 1984. I was the only female working then. There were taboos earlier. But, despite those, I enjoy doing ATC duties. The job is stressful as well. However, I believe that we women can manage both household chores and office work well," said Ritu Sharma, Joint General Manager ATC.

"I feel very happy and proud to see all the women working here. Despite it being a stressful job, I hope we can inspire many women to come forward and do this job," said Gurpreet Kaur, Assistant General Manager and the only woman Approach radar controller and instructor at IGI airport.

" I would like to extend my greetings on International Women`s Day to all the women of our aviation industry. We are trying to recruit as many women officers as possible in this field. In the last 4-5 years, we have increased women's representation in this field by 25-30 percent. Talking about Delhi airport, more than 20 percent of women are providing airport navigation service. Today, an all-women team is handling ATC operations at the country's busiest Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi," said Anuj Aggarwal, Chairperson, Airports Authority of India.

08/03/21 ANI/ZeeNews

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