SpiceJet announced a revised salary structure for its captains ahead of Diwali – increasing their monthly remuneration by around 55% to INR 7 lakh for a total of 80 hours of flying.
“Captains’ salaries revised to INR 7 lakh-a-month for 80 hours of flying. SpiceJet has been revising pilot salaries every month; salary for October 2022 was hiked by 22%,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said on Wednesday, October 19.
It was also pointed out that pilots flying for 70 hours in a month will also see an increase from INR 4.5 lakh to INR 6.13 lakh as per the internal communication shared with the employees.
The revised pay will be applicable from November 1, 2022. Following the latest hike, the salary of Captains at SpiceJet will be higher than their pre-Covid salary. Salaries of Trainers and Senior First Officers have also been increased “commensurately”. The trainers comprise Designated Examiner (DE), Type Rating Instructor (TRI) and Line Training Captain (LTC).
Earlier, SpiceJet employees claimed that there was a delay in the disbursement of salaries of employees including flight crew for July and many were yet to receive Form 16 for the financial year 2021-22 as well.
SpiceJet said it had been consistently increasing the base salary of pilots. As compared to August, the September salary saw an increase of up to 10% for Trainers and 8% for Captains and First Officers. From October, the salary was hiked by another 22% for Captains and First Officers.
However, SpiceJet has sent 80 of its pilots on leave without pay for three months. The airline company said in an earlier statement said that “the move was taken as a temporary measure to harmonise costs. This measure is in line with the airline’s policy of not firing any employee. Even during the covid epidemic.”
The airline then clarified that the pilots will remain eligible for all other employee benefits such as insurance benefits and employee leave travel during the furlough period. It is a temporary measure to rationalise cost, it said, adding that the leave without pay would not affect the airline’s operations.
SpiceJet operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, Q-400s and freighters and is the country’s largest regional player operating multiple daily flights under UDAN or the Regional Connectivity Scheme. The airline also operates a dedicated air cargo service under the brand name SpiceXpress offering safe, on-time, efficient and seamless cargo connectivity across India and on international routes.