Airline can’t be run by a woman because it’s a ‘very challenging position’ says Qatar CEO

Airline can’t be run by a woman because it’s a ‘very challenging position’ says Qatar CEO | Secret Flying

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, saidΒ only a man could do his job because it is so difficult.

 

The CEO of Qatar Airways has caused controversy after statingΒ that a woman would be incapable of managing the demands of his job,

 

Speaking at the IATA’s annual meeting in Sydney, Mr Al Baker said: “Of course it has to be led by a man, because it is a very challenging position.”

 

His comments were met with loud groans of disapproval from journalists in the room.

 

The incident cameΒ the day it was announced that he was commencing a one-year term as chair of the aviation industry body’s board of governors.

 

Mr Al BakerΒ later clarified his position in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

 

β€œYou know we have more than 33 per cent that are female in Qatar Airways,” he said.

 

β€œThere is no gender inequality in Qatar Airways or in my country.”

 

It will be my pleasure to have a female CEO candidate that I could develop to become CEO after me.”

 

Last year,Β Akbar Al Baker apologised β€œunreservedly” for calling US flight attendants β€œgrandmothers” during a speech which wasΒ criticised as both sexist and ageist.