TGA strikes deal with Glasgow airport to improve passenger access

TGA Mobility has supplied a number of heavy duty wheelchair powerpacks to Glasgow Prestwick Airport which will be used to transfer disabled passengers across the airport more efficiently.

TGA’s powerpacks comprise of motorised units with wheel(s) that attach to the underside of a wheelchair and provide powered propulsion for attendants and carers.

The powerpacks claim to reduce the stresses and strain of pushing a wheelchair and occupant. They reduce the risk of back and muscle injury for attendants especially when negotiating slopes, kerbs and uneven surfaces.

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The durability and performance of the powerpacks aim to make them a good solution for tackling the large distances associated with transferring disabled passengers around airports.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport says it is committed to accessibility and claims to be one of the easiest airports in the UK to navigate when travelling with a disability. The airport continues to invest in solutions for accessibility so the best service is provided for all passengers.

TGA’s powered wheelchair units have helped Glasgow Prestwick airport meet the latest CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) framework which aims to ensure there is a consistent and high quality service for disabled passengers across UK airports.

Jane Thomson, Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s landside operations manager, said that Glasgow Prestwick Airport endeavours to make all operations as safe as possible. “Previously, staff assisted passengers with reduced mobility by pushing wheelchairs unaided through the airport. As this was a common need it was imperative that we found a solution to assist with the passenger’s journey.”

Ms Thomson added: “After some thorough research, we decided upon Wheelchair Powerpacks from TGA and opted for the heavy-duty model with twin wheels. These now attach to any wheelchair stopping the need to push the chair but instead to merely assist. With the purchase of the TGA wheelchair powerpacks, we believe that we have made a long-term investment for both our passengers and our staff.”

With a large range of fittings available each powerpack is compatible with the majority of wheelchair designs including specialist tilt-in-space models. The Solo, Duo, Heavy-duty and PLUS models provide a choice in terms of power and traction.

The PLUS version provides a solution that propels larger passengers weighing up to 32 stone. They all have a battery range of up to 10 miles.

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