The massive pay cut imposed by SpiceJet for the past eighteen months has put its pilots under tremendous financial stress which has turned the airline into a flying hazard, said a pilot who resigned from SpiceJet this year after nine years of service.
In a damning open letter sent to the Prime Minister and top civil aviation officials on Tuesday, Capt Vinodh Loganathan said that there have been instances of first officers and crew breaking down in the cockpit and so had to be consoled.
SpiceJet in a statement to TOI, strongly denied the allegation of flight safety hazard due to financial stress as “completely false, baseless” SpiceJet said it “has a strong flight safety culture and an impeccable safety record. It continues to maintain the highest standards of safety in operations with no compromise on quality.”
The airline said: “The ex-employee had a history of poor performance on account of his attitude, failure in tests and exams and being abusive to his colleagues especially juniors.”
Refuting this, Capt Loganathan said: “I have never failed any tests. Their allegation is absolutely frivolous. I have documentary proof.”