While lady passengers will board first today

An Aer Lingus flight to New York will be staffed by an all female crew today.

The airline's also offering priority boarding to its lady passengers on European flights from Irish airports.

The gesture is mark International Women's Day.

More than 2,000 of the 4,200 Aer Lingus employees are female, carrying out roles across all areas of the airline including pilots, cabin crew, engineers, flight dispatchers, check-in and boarding teams, planners,  IT, marketing, communications, finance, and logistics specialists.

Aer Lingus is focused on supporting female talent across the airline and has created an Aer Lingus Women's Network called LIFT (Let’s Inspire Female Talent), the purpose of which is to recognise, enable and support the career progression of women in Aer Lingus through ongoing workshops, panels discussions, networking and mentoring programmes.