Sky’s the limit for top aviator

CHANGING DYNAMICS: FlySafair’s operation manager Lindie Bruyns says companies have to take an active role in building careers in the aviation industry. Picture: Supplied

With women making up fewer top positions in the airline and aviation industry, Lindie Bruyns, FlySafair’s operation manager, is expanding her career in the male-dominated industry and calling for other women to climb the ladder when opportunity knocks.

As companies recognise aviation as an area where women have a great deal of value to add, the dynamics of the industry are starting to change.

Bruyns is blazing a path forward in the aviation industry and the sky is the limit for her.

Bruyns, 30, is responsible for putting together the airline’s flight schedules.

She also manages the day-to-day flight operations of the airline, closely monitoring and managing each aircraft movement.

Bruyns’s career in aviation began at a young age as a receptionist for a local air charter company. And she decided then and there that she wanted to build a career in aviation.

“While I loved aircraft, I never wanted to be a pilot or hostess. It was the ground operations which I found so intriguing,” Bruyns said.

Explaining delay management as one of her critical functions as an operational manager she said: “If there is a delay we need to manage the situation effectively so that the passengers arrive at their destination with the shortest interruption possible and the best possible communication along the way.”

FlySafair’s is considered as the most on-time airline in the world, showing just how good Bruyns is at running the show.

“The airline has a strong management team through which pride in on-time performance in instilled throughout the operations. We are driven, not only to be the best, but to stay the best,” Bruyns said.

Shesaid in FlySaFair many more women are being positioned in powerful positions.

FlySafair’s has its own girls’ club going which has been embraced and encouraged by the corporation.

“Women in aviation aren’t limited to the roles of hostesses or administrators. We can contribute to so many other areas of the industry, we simply need to be empowered to do so,” she said.

Bruyns also said that in order for the industry to truly transform, companies need to start taking an active role in building.