Full-service carrier Vistara will hike the salaries of its pilots and cabin crew by up to 8 per cent from April amid higher capacity deployment to meet rising travel demand.
The source also claimed that around 30 pilots have left the airline in the last six months and are serving their notice periods mainly after getting job offers from Gulf carriers.
On Thursday, a senior Vistara official confirmed salary hike for pilots and cabin crew but denied that 30 pilots have left the airline.
The official also said that the decision on increment is part of the annual appraisal exercise and was not triggered by any other development, adding that some pilots changed their decision keeping in mind the long-term opportunities in the airline, which merged Have to go Air India.
The official did not give any specific details about the number of pilots who have quit or are serving the mandatory six-month notice period.
Queries sent to Vistara remained unanswered.
“Vistara has increased the salaries of pilots and cabin crew by 8 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively, since April,” said the source.
With the significant increase in the demand for air travel, the demand for pilots is also increasing.
Globally, airlines are hiring people as they expand their fleets and operations.
“As informed earlier, the management continues to review pilot pay on a regular basis… An increase of 8 per cent in CTC will be allotted to all levels of pilots (except TFO) with effect from April 1. This increase will be added to the Base Flying Allowance (BFA),” Vistara said in an internal email to its pilots.
This increase is not in lieu of supplementary allowance (SA), which will be added in addition to this adjustment for eligible pilots, according to the e-mail.
Vistara, a joint venture between the Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, has around 2,500 cabin crew and pilots.
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