New Delhi, Sept 15: In order to retain its qualified captains, SpiceJet , which is the country's second-largest budget carrier, has increased the salaries of its 200-odd pilots by about 1.25 lakhs.
The basic monthly salary of a captain in SpiceJet has now been increased from Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 5.45 lakhs. The airline has also introduced a various allowances such as layover, deputation and allowances for the fifth and the sixth landings, increasing the pay package of the commanders.
Subhash Goyal, the aviation expert said,"Cash-rich Gulf carriers have been hiring pilots, cabin crew and engineers in droves to cater to their ever-increasing fleets. Tax-free salary, company housing, schooling and medical expenses borne by the airline make Gulf carriers so attractive."
This has forced airlines here to increase the salaries by at least 13%.