Edinburgh and Newcastle airports ‘best for disabled access’

Edinburgh Airport. Photo: Getty Images

A new passenger poll has declared that Edinburgh is the best airport in the UK for disabled access, closely followed by Newcastle. The Cheapflights passenger poll asked air-travellers to rank the access at the airports they visited.

The news comes as airports around the UK look to invest in better access and mobility solutions amid increasing passenger numbers and concern that disabled travellers are being disadvantaged and inconvenienced due to a lack of solutions.

Earlier this year, Gatwick Airport announced a major investment in specialist equipment including transfer hoists, sensory rooms and two Changing Places facilities.

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Many believe that all airports should offer Changing Places facilities in addition to disabled toilets. But campaigners say additional facilities aimed at disabled passengers are also desirable, particularly given the stressful nature of airports.

At Gatwick, the new sensory rooms will be dedicated spaces designed to block out noise, control space, temperature and lighting to stimulate the senses, promote pleasure and feelings of well-being. The rooms can be transformed from a calming and soothing place, to an exciting and engaging interactive space full of light and sound according to the needs of the passengers that use them.

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