The three Ps needed for sustainable aviation are enough qualified people to do the work; a green planet, and profitable businesses that thrive in a dynamic and changing economic environment. Working on diversity and inclusion is important to the 3Ps, with some of the negative effects of diversity needing to be considered, along with the current legal framework, and ongoing activities to achieve efficiency in these efforts at the European level.
During the 2023 Global Aviation Gender Summit, ICAO estimated that if women’s participation in aviation continued at its current pace of increase, it would take 450 years to achieve gender parity. We clearly do not have this amount of time to waste.
The industry is suffering labour shortages, which projections show will get worse. But efforts to attract, train and retain a diverse range of people must go well beyond gender: migrant waves and an open labour EU market have increased ethnic and cultural diversity in many societies; people with disabilities; neurodiverse people; members of the LGBTQ communities, all should form an essential part of the aviation workforce.