SpiceJet absorbs 500 Jet Airways employees
After Jet Airways announced a temporary suspension of flight operations, SpiceJet on Friday said it has absorbed over 500 employees, including 100 pilots, of Jet Airways. It further said that it was open to hire more as it adds more aircraft and routes in the coming times.
A statement issued by SpiceJet said that the budget carrier SpiceJet was giving the first preference to those who lost their jobs because of the carrier’s closure. It also announced the induction of 27 more planes including 22 Boeing 737s and five turboprop Bombardier Q400s – in its fleet for Domestic and international routes. This decision was taken to minimize the inconvenience caused to the passengers.
SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh in a statement, released on Friday, said, “As we expand and grow, we are giving first preference to those who have recently lost their jobs due to the unfortunate closure of Jet Airways. We have already provided jobs to more than 100 pilots, more than 200 cabin crew and more than 200 technical and airport staff.”
“We will do more. We will also induct a large number of planes in our fleet soon. SpiceJet is making all possible efforts to minimise passenger inconvenience and serve Indian customers who are finding it difficult to get seats in this busy season,” the budget carrier’s statement added.
On Thursday, Air India also announced that it will provide special fares to the passengers of Jet flights with confirmed return tickets till April 28, 2019, on 19 international routes. Air India also said that it had almost completed hiring 150 cabin crew members of Jet Airways.