This is some good news for the tipplers. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has allowed serving of beer at the Amausi airport.
However, the AAI has also made it clear that it would not allow serving of hard liquor in its fully refurbished restaurant. Moreover, it has also cautioned airport officials that over-drunk passengers must not be allowed to board an aircraft at any cost for security reasons.
So, it’s drink, but don’t get drunk for now. “The in-flight caterer or a hotelier who would run the refurbished restaurant inside the terminal building of the airport would be allowed to serve beer only after ensuring that a valid licence had been acquired by him from a competent authority subject to payment of royalty as 25 per cent of the licence fee for running the restaurant or 15 per cent of gross sales of beer, whichever is higher to AAI,” a senior AAI official told HT Lucknow Live.
He said the rates for sale of beer at the restaurant would to be decided mutually by the licencee and the airport director when a licence to operate the restaurant is offered to the caterer or hotelier through a bidding process. The AAI had put the minimum “reserve licence fee” per month to be paid by the caterer at Rs 1.70 lakh with a tenure of the licence offered for running the restaurant for a period of 10 years.
The AAI had been looking for highly experienced caterers to operate its restaurant at the Amausi airport considering the fact that the airport had also applied for ISO 14,000 and 18,000 certifications which would require global quality services to be delivered to the passengers at all levels, the official added.