Coronavirus Impact: SpiceJet Terminates Contract of 13 Expat Pilots Flying Bombardier Q400 Planes

As per a report, SpiceJet has terminated the contract of 13 expat pilots who were under the government’s UDAN scheme, reaching smaller cities. The pilots were flying Bombardier Q400 planes that were used on UDAN routes.

A company spokesperson told Moneycontrol: “SpiceJet has not sacked any pilot. We have served a ‘one-month notice’ to 13 expat Q400 captains, as per their official contract. They have also been paid a month’s salary as per their contract.”

Earlier, the budget carrier SpiceJet decided to cut 10-30 per cent salary of all its employees in March, with Chairman Ajay Singh opting for highest 30 per cent trimming in compensation, the airline said in an e-mail communication to the staff.

“SpiceJet management has decided to implement a pay cut between 10-30 per cent in March across our employee base. Our Chairman and Managing Director (Ajay Singh), in fact, has opted for the highest cut of 30 per cent in compensation,” the airline said in the communication.

Other budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir have already announced a similar move earlier.

“These are extremely tough time and call for appropriate and exceptional measures to sale through the exceptional challenge,” it said.

As tough as it seems, most Indian carriers have already announced a pay cut for their employees, SpiceJet said.

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