IndiGo on Thursday, March 31 announced that pilots’ salaries have been increased by 8% because of the continuous steady flight operations.
Full regular international flight services resumed in India after the COVID-19 outbreak on March 27. Full regular domestic flights resumed in the country on October 18, 2021.
“Now, as we have established continuous steady operations, on behalf of our managing director, the board of directors and the senior leadership team, I am pleased to announce an upwards revision of eight per cent in the salaries of all our pilots with effect from April 1. The human resources team of the airline would share the revised salary structure in the coming weeks.
Further, as we look forward to a positive revenue environment and hopefully we do not witness any further interruptions to operations, we also plan to implement an additional 6.5 per cent revision with effect from November 1.
I would like to personally thank each one of you for your contribution and we must continue to provide a safe, efficient, hassle free and of course on-time experience to all our passengers! Let us continue our journey towards excellence.”Ashim Mittra, Senior Vice-President (Flight Operations), IndiGo
The pilots were disheartened after the airline gave ESOPs to top management people. Their WhatsApp group were agog with chats about the payouts — while their cuts continue — and joining bonus being offered by billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s upcoming Akasa.
While the demand for air travel was severely impacted in India during the first two waves of coronavirus, the sentiment recovered rapidly after the third wave, witnessed predominantly in the month of January-February of this year.
India has also resumed scheduled international passenger flights from March 27 and several airlines, including IndiGo, are betting big on international flights on the back of strong revenue potential.
IndiGo plans to resume international flights on around 150 international routes through April and aims to restore pre-COVID international flights deployment.
The domestic traffic is also witnessing strong passenger sentiment at around 80-85% of the pre-COVID level with recovery led by corporate traffic.