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Jeddah: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah. Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers. The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. SANS CEO, Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.