A total of 84 people working at 42 Indian airports were found drunk on duty between January 2021 and March 2022, according to data from aviation regulator DGCA. Fifty-four (64%) of the 84 workers who failed the mandatory blood alcohol tests were drivers, according to data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which PTI had access to.
While many workers who failed alcohol tests were employed by airport operators, a significant portion of them were employed by other businesses – catering companies, ground handling companies, aircraft maintenance, etc. – who work at the airport. 56 workers from 35 airports run by Airports Authority of India (AAI), 17 workers from four airports run by Adani Group, nine workers from two airports run by GMR Group and two workers from Bengaluru Airport run by Fairfax India failed alcohol tests between January 2021 and March 2022, according to DGCA data.
However, Bengaluru airport operator BIAL clarified that the two workers who failed the alcohol tests were not its employees. “Benguru Airport (BIAL) has had no cases of its employees failing the breathalyzer in 2021, and so far this year,” he said.
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