Jet Airways has shut down and over 16,500 of their employees were rendered jobless. However, at this hour of desperate need, budget carrier SpiceJet said it has already absorbed over 500 employees, including 100 pilots, of the grounded carrier Jet Airways and it is open to induct more as it adds more aircraft and routes in the times ahead.
The Gurugram-based no-frills airline has already announced induction of 27 more planes: 22 Boeing 737s and five turbo-prop Bombardier Q400s in the fleet to help overcome the capacity deficit due to Jet Airways temporarily withdrawing its domestic and international services. SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh in a statement said that his carrier is giving "first preference" to Jet Airways staff in recruitment.
"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," Singh said. He said that SpiceJet has already provided jobs to more than 100 pilots, over 200 cabin crew and 200 plus technical and airport staff recently. "We will do more. We will also induct a large number of planes in our fleet soon," Singh added.
The carrier announced the launch of 24 new flights connecting Mumbai and Delhi with 16 services connecting Mumbai and four Delhi while the remaining four connecting the two metros. These flights are set to be rolled out between April 26 and May 2. Earlier the carrier said it will connect Mumbai to a host of international destinations with direct non-stop flights to Hong Kong, Jeddah, Dubai, Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Bangkok and Kathmandu, starting May-end.
Hundreds of Jet Airways employees had protested in Delhi and Mumbai demanding answers from management about their future after the airline shut down all flight operations on Wednesday having failed to secure new funding from its lenders. An unidentified Jet Airways pilot told the news agency that around 400 pilots and 40 engineers have moved to other airlines. Jet Airways’ lenders, led by the State Bank of India, said they were “reasonably hopeful” that the bidding process will be able to determine “fair value of the enterprise in a transparent manner”.
"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," Singh added.
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