On the occasion of International Women’s Day, SpiceJet will be operating 10 flights with an all-women crew across the nation. Moreover, the flight dispatch offices at Delhi and Mumbai airports will also be operated by all-women staff.
The flights will be operated on the Hyderabad-Tirupati, Tirupati-Hyderabad, Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Mumbai-Delhi, Mumbai-Srinagar, Srinagar-Mumbai, Gwalior-Kolkata, Ahmedabad-Udaipur and Udaipur-Ahmedabad sectors.
SpiceJet’s young lady captains are very few to fly critical airfields like Kabul and Leh on a regular basis. Of the total number of pilots at SpiceJet, around 14% are women.
In March 2018, in a first of its kind initiative, the airline conducted an exclusive recruitment drive for women pilots for its Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 fleet.
As part of the many supportive policies offered to women pilots at SpiceJet, the airline offers home base as a choice to all women pilots, including new joiners, thus allowing them to strike the right balance between their professional and personal life. Another supportive policy is that Women pilots, once declared on maternity leave, are given the option for a suitable ground job to offset for the additional off-time post-delivery.
Women pilots are also offered a fixed monthly flying pattern that ensures they get back home at the end of the day. They are also provided special contracts allowing them to choose a flight schedule which is convenient for them.