15 Aug 2017

Four UK airports rated poor in their service for disabled passengers

Heathrow Airport

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have told four UK airport that they must improve the assistance they provide to disabled passengers. The Airport Accessibility Report deemed Heathrow, Exeter, Manchester and East Midlands airports as poor in their service to disabled passengers. Of the 30 UK airports reviewed, six were rated by the authority as ‘very good’, 20 were rated ‘good’ and four rated ‘poor’.

A spokesperson from Heathrow airport told Travel Mole: “Addressing the issues raised in this report is a priority for us.

“We apologise to those who have been affected and are taking action, including the amendment and retendering of our contract with new and higher standards of service, to ensure passengers who require special assistance, receive the service they rightly deserve.”

The CAA have reported a 66% increase in those travelling with a disability since 2010. The Airport Accessibility Report has been introduced to improve service to those with a disability.

Richard Moriarty, CAA Consumers and Markets director said: “Our surveys, along with the airports’ own studies, have shown high levels of satisfaction among disabled passengers and we have seen some examples of excellent service where assistance is well organised and delays are minimal.

“However, East Midlands, Exeter, Heathrow and Manchester have fallen short of our expectations and we have secured commitments from them to make improvements.

“We will monitor their implementation over the coming months to make sure that services for passengers with a disability or reduced mobility continue to improve.”

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