Implementation of DGCA CAR - Breath Analyser Examination Centre Inaugurated at Mumbai International Airport
- 04 Oct 2019
GVK Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) managing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) announces the inauguration of the Breath Analyser (BA) examination facilities. As a commitment given by MIAL, the airport has now expanded its existing passenger safety measures in compliance with the latest directive given by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The earlier requisite demanded detection of the consumption of alcohol only among the on-duty pilots and cabin crew through a breath analyser test. With the newest requirement, the examination is now applicable to all employees performing safety-sensitive activities at the airside. The BA examination at CSMIA will be carried through the existing 24/7 medical centres available at the airport terminals and the three newly added facilities at the airside. The BA examination facilities at CSMIA was inaugurated on the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti – 2nd October 2019.
In alignment with the latest edict by DGCA, any and every person performing safety-sensitive activities at the airside would be subjected to the breath analyser examination which includes personnel from Aerodrome Operations, Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting, Ground Handling, Aircraft Maintenance, and ATC. Initiated by the aviation body, the requirement states that an organization must use a scientifically valid method such as a random number table or a computer-based random number generator to select the personnel for testing.
Speaking about this newest initiative undertaken by GVK at its terminals, MIAL Spokesperson said, “Passengers’ safety holds the highest priority and GVK MIAL endeavours to provide passengers with utmost security through thorough checks by experienced in-house medical team for employees working at the airside. This is a further assurance to the passengers that when they fly via Mumbai, they not only receive world-class amenities but also services that are as per strict guidelines laid down by regulatory bodies.”
As one of the world’s busiest single runway airport, passenger traffic at GVK MIAL has continued to remain robust and promising - empowering CSMIA as a premier international aviation hub in India. This has put CSMIA in a unique space to facilitate accelerated sectorial growth. GVK MIAL always guarantees passenger first approach through its top-notch security, gold class services and numerous facilities, making it one of the pioneers in taking various initiatives in the Indian Aviation Industry. Through the newest addition being the Breath Analyser examination for the employees, the state-of-the-art CSMIA is home to one of the highest number of airport medical centres in the country. Besides conducting annual polio vaccination campaigns and training to ensure all passenger-facing airport personnel are trained to provide emergency aid like AED and CPR, CSMIA also frequently undertakes initiatives like free medical camps for taxi drivers, blood donation drives, malaria detection camps for the surrounding areas etc. Boasting of experienced doctors and paramedics with round the clock medical centres across terminals, CSMIA also provides fully equipped basic and advanced cardiac ambulances to attend to any unforeseen emergencies. Furthermore, CSMIA is the only Indian airport with the largest availability of automated external defibrillators and one of the few global airports with over a hundred AEDs at its premises.