Pilots will not be paid salaries for April and May says SpiceJet

Earlier, SpiceJet had announced 10-30 per cent pay cut for mid and senior-level employees

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Low-cost carrier, SpiceJet has informed its pilots that they will not be paid salaries for April and May. However, pilots, who have been operating cargo flights will get paid for block hours flown (Block hours is the duration of a pilot operating the flight).

In an email communication to pilots, Gurcharan Arora, SpiceJet's flight operations chief said, “We will not be getting any salary for April and May 2020. Those of us, who have been flying cargo, will get paid for the block hours flown."

Further, Arora told pilots that, “as of today, 16 per cent of our aircraft and 20 per cent of our pilots are flying". "We are doing this by flying our five cargo aircraft and also flying more 'cargo on seat' on our passenger aircraft," he said.

The budget carrier has a total of 116 passenger planes and five freight aircraft in its fleet. The email, which has been accessed by PTI, stated: "Over the coming weeks, we intend to increase the number of aircraft flying (cargo+cargo on seat) to more than 50 per cent and the number of pilots flying to 100 per cent."

Earlier, SpiceJet had announced 10-30 per cent pay cut for mid and senior-level employees. Besides, majority of Indian airlines have either announced pay cuts or leave without pay for employees in a bid to maintain liquidity. A few days ago, GoAir sent majority of its employees on leave without pay. Vistara announced a compulsory leave without pay for up to six days in April for senior employees. AirAsia India last week cut the salaries of senior employees by up to 20 per cent. Air India has cut the salaries of employees by 10 per cent. Except for IndiGo, that has recently decided to roll back the pay cuts, which were announced earlier for senior staff members, for April.

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