By Courtney Trenwith
Tax-free salaries, greater incentives lures 40 senior IndiGo pilots to the Gulf.
Gulf carriers have poached up to 40 senior pilots from low-cost Indian carrier IndiGo in the past year, according to Indian media.
Airline sources told The Times of India, Dubai-based Emirates and Qatar Airways had hired swathes of Indian pilots in recent months, including most of those that had left IndiGo, offering far greater packages.
"Around 40 commanders have parted ways with the airline over the past one year as most of them got lucrative offers from Gulf carriers," a source was quoted as saying.
"Besides tax-free salaries, these airlines also offer a better work environment.
“[However], though most of the pilots have left the airline for greener pastures, a few of them also left for better work culture.”
There were about 900 pilots at IndiGo, half in senior positions. The loss of 40 senior pilots represents nearly 10 percent of the total.
IndiGo has lost market share recently, falling by 1 percent to 30.7 percent in July, the newspaper reported.
Meanwhile, Gulf carriers are growing rapidly, with regular employment drives for as many as 2000 new staff at a time.