The Pakistan international Airlines (PIA) has on Thursday announced to make alcohol test mandatory for its cabin crew.
According to the notification issued today, the mandatory alcohol test will be starting from February 14 and those from the crew who refuse will be considered alcohol positive, Manager Flight confirmed the development.
Furthermore, the cabin crew have been instructed to restrict their movement due to the pandemic and no one will be allowed to stay out of the hotel premises at night.
Apart from this, the staff of a hotel where they will stay will ensure every cabin crew member checks in at the hotel and will report immediately if they find anyone missing.
Earlier, PIA had informed the London High Court that it has paid around $7 million to Peregrine Aviation Charlie Ltd in the case pertaining to two jets leased to it by the Dublin-based AerCap.
The development came after the Malaysian authorities seized a PIA Boeing-777 at the Kuala Lumpur airport, on the orders of a local Malaysian court, over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues owed to the Dublin-based AerCap.
Lawyers for both the PIA and the airliner sought an adjournment as they hoped that the full amount would be paid through an agreement without the court issuing an order against PIA.
Appearing online, the airline’s lawyer Erin Hitchens requested the judge to adjourn the hearing as the parties settle issues of the lease, rent, interest, lease, and the allocation of payment.
The Dublin-based AerCap’s lawyer told the court: “The claimant’s position is that the sums were paid today by the defendant (PIA).”