Private airliner Spicejet, on April 1, announced to revise the salaries of its captains by a minimum of 10%. Apart from this, SpiceJet also informed that the salaries of the First Officers will be revised by a minimum of 15% and 20% for trainers.
It further stated that all the 737 pilots will be qualified on the MAX in the next two to three weeks whereas simulator training (RT and PPC) are up to date without any backlogs.
The carrier said that promising numbers have been reported for passenger occupancy in the last two weeks and that they see it touching pre-COVID levels soon. “The last two weeks have shown promising numbers for passenger occupancy. Our passenger traffic seems to be on a slow and steady rise and if it continues, we should see it touching ‘pre-COVID’ levels very soon.”
The airliner had implemented salary cuts over the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 29, 2020, SpiceJet told its pilots that they would not get the salary for April and May but will be paid for the cargo flights that they fly. Before that, the airliner had already cut salaries, laid off its ex-pat pilots and sent a part of its staff on leave without pay, steps necessitated because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.
Also, the airline grounded its fleet in the middle of April 2020 — as the country went into a lockdown — but resumed service once the restrictions were lifted. However, the salary cut for pilots continued.
Meanwhile, on June 21, 2020, SpiceJet revised the salary structure of its pilots, who were getting paid depending on the fleet utilisation of the airline. And, in that communication, the airliner added that from August 1, 2020, depending on the company doing 26,000 hours of flying, pilots will have a compensation structure under a 21 days work pattern. The salary band for captains ranges from INR 4.51 lakh to INR 4.96 lakh a month.
However, the firm assured the engineering staff on November 2, 2021, that their demands would be addressed by November 8 and restore their salaries. The decision was taken after the staff had sat in protest to get their salary restored, along with their leaves and variable pay benefits.
SpiceJet, in April 2020, announced that it has cut the salaries of its employees by 10-25% due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the grounding of all airline operations in India. Later the airline informed that the salary cuts were rescinded by 50% in November 2020.
Another budget carrier IndiGo hiked the salaries of pilots by 8% given the continuous flight operations ever since full regular international flights resumed after the COVID-19 outbreak.
The airline also plans to increase the salaries of pilots by 6.5% from November in case of no further disruptions to flight operations.