International Cabin Crew Appreciation Day is becoming an official UN-sanctioned event (

October 9, 2019

For the last five years, you may well have seen a growing number of airlines and aviation-industry insiders celebrating what’s become known as either International Cabin Crew Appreciation Day or International Flight Attendant Day. No one really knows how the 31st May became dedicated to the 570,000 strong worldwide cabin crew community but it’s been growing in popularity every year and most airlines have jumped on the bandwagon.

But rather than simply being another Hallmark Holiday – in fact, have you ever even seen a cabin crew appreciation greeting card? – this international day of celebration has just become an official UN-sanctioned event.

Delegates at a recent high-level meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) – The specialist arm of the United Nations that manages aviation around the world – managed to set aside some time to discuss the proposal and the idea won enough support from countries like Australia, France, Spain and Russia.

“An international day to promote the role of cabin crew would promote the diverse and safety-critical role that cabin crew provide to aviation,” explained a working paper submitted by the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) backing the idea.

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