Bengaluru airport employees obstructed from traveling to workplace

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Private vehicles of employees working at the Bengaluru airport were obstructed on Tuesday while they were traveling to their workplace. Buses were also prevented from going to the airport with employees.

Hari Marar, MD & CEO of the Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) said these employees perform tasks that are critical for the functioning of the airport, including security, airlines, immigration, customs, fire services, air traffic control and technology support.

In support of the Government’s decision to bring the situation under control, the airport will remain closed to passengers from March 24, 2359 hours IST, to March 31, 2359 hours IST. However, as per government order, the airport will continue to facilitate the transport of essential commodities through its cargo operations.

“I understand this is a very difficult time for all of us and humbly request people from neighboring villages as well as community around the airport, to work with us and the law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of our employees and functioning of the airport,” Marar added.

BIAL has taken every preventive measure to contain the spread of virus, including regular screening of all the staff – both before and after shifts, the provision of safety equipment like facemasks, gloves and access to hand sanitiser. “We are working closely with the State Health Department and Airport Health Organisation to control the virus and have done everything in our capacity to safeguard our surroundings,” Marar said.

“The airport comes under the Essential Services Maintenance Act, and we, therefore, request you to allow us to function smoothly and serve the nation and the world during this hour of crisis,” he added.