Leeds Bradford Airport to improve their disabled facilities

28/10/2010

Disabled man in airport

Leeds Bradford Airport has started to offer flights to cheap destinations with budget airlines, but reports have revealed that their disabled facilities aren’t up to scratch. Bosses at Leeds Bradford Airport have pledged to improve the disabled facilities so that less able bodied travellers can navigate the airport more easily.

In order to improve the disabled facilities at Leeds Bradford Airport, staff members will be on hand to assist disabled travellers with checking in, moving through airport security and boarding their flight. The current disabled facilities at Leeds Bradford Airport include wheelchairs, ambulift transport, blue badge parking and a hearing induction loop.

Some disabled and elderly travellers at Leeds Bradford Airport experienced poor treatment before the pledge was made to improve the disabled facilities. For example, an 86 year old disabled man was left for two hours on an aircraft before staff finally came to his assistance.

A spokesman for Leeds Bradford Airport commented on the current state of the disabled facilities: "We wish to sincerely apologise to passengers with restricted mobility who recently have not received the normal high level of service on arrival at the airport."

Suitable disabled facilities at airports are essential so that people in wheelchairs or with other disabilities can travel abroad with relative ease. If you are disabled and you have specific requirements, remember to contact your airline before leaving for the airport so that they are prepared for your arrival.

If you need to take a wheelchair, crutches or any other form of disabled equipment on board your flight, make sure you can take them on the plane. Some airlines impose weight restrictions on wheelchairs. EasyJet was criticised recently for imposing an impractical weight limit on motorised wheelchairs, which can be quite heavy.