Sky is the limit for women at Kempegowda International Airport

Passengers arriving at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) were in for a surprise on Thursday as an all-women crew took charge of its daily operations to mark International Women’s Day.

A team of 36 women handled all the key areas such as the Airport Operations Control Centre(AOCC), airside that includes, runways, taxiways, airside safety regulations, follow-me cars, aviation safety, guest relations and terminal operations during the day.

“Most these roles are niche from both security and training points of view. So each of these women was prepared for the day by training for six months, writing examinations and receiving security clearances from various sovereign agencies,” revealed Mr Sajit TC, chief human resources officer at KIA.

The KIA is doing better than other industries when it comes to employing women as they presently comprise 15 per cent of its workforce.

Meanwhile, Sagar Hospitals at Banashankari marked the day with a unique contest, where women were asked to cook without the use of fire! The decision to hold a ‘Cook without fire’ contest was made to encourage women participants to think out of the box, the hospital explained.

Elsewhere in the city, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation ( KSRTC) honoured 50 women employees, who included a conductor, a mechanic and a security guard from 17 divisions and two regional workshops for their outstanding work. Currently the corporation has 2,500 women employees on its rolls, including 756 conductors and 926 technical assistants (mechanics).

The event also saw a cash award of Rs 25,000 and a free bus pass being presented to Dr Sulagitti, Narasamma, a Padmashri awardee and another cash award being given to Anitha Meri, a government school teacher from Bhadravathi.