SpiceJet To Hire Upto 2,000 Jet Airways Staff

New Delhi: Air carrier SpiceJet is planning to hire up to 2,000 staff, including pilots and cabin crew, of the defunct Jet Airways. The airline has taken at least 22 planes that were earlier used by Jet Airways, which temporarily shuttered its operations due to cash crunch in April.

“We have taken a significant number of people from Jet Airways. They were well-qualified ad professional people. We will continue to take more Jet staff in the times to come,” SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh told PTI in an interview.

“We have taken around 1,100 people so far. The expectation is that we will go up to 2,000 people. It will be pilots, cabin crew, (people) from airport services and security,” he added.

Currently, SpiceJet has around 14,000 staff and a fleet of 100 planes. It is the fourth airline after Air India, now defunct Jet Airways and IndiGo to have 100 aircraft.

SpiceJet has Boeing 737s, Bombardier Q-400s and B737 freighters. It operates around 575 daily flights on an average to 62 destinations, including nine international ones, he said.

On May 28, SpiceJet posted a 22 percent rise in net profit to Rs 56.3 crore in the three months ended March as higher fares helped the airline amid a capacity crunch in the domestic aviation market.

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