OmniServ has partnered with London Stansted airport to trial the Wheellator, a mobility solution for passengers with low to medium level mobility issues.
The product is a cross between a wheeled walking frame and a light-weight wheelchair and allows passengers to regain some independence.
It was originally developed in 2013 by manufacturer Tukimet Oy, a walking aids specialist based in Finland, and has been imported to the UK by Polymorit since 2017.
Samantha Saunders, head of innovation and regulatory compliance at OmniServ, says, “OmniServ is committed to delivering the best possible experience for all passengers at airports, including people who find it difficult to make their own way through the terminals.
“The great thing about the Wheellator is that it provides passengers with mobility issues the option to define and adapt the support they need, allowing them to maintain their independence.”
Lucy Martin, passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) manager at London Stansted Airport added: “It’s important that every passenger, regardless of any disability or assistance requirements, can travel confidently, easily and conveniently through London Stansted and we’re delighted to support OmniServ in offering this innovative new way to move more independently through the airport.
“We are always striving to improve the experience of travelling from London Stansted and this gives passengers another choice of assistance, if they require it, so they can relax and enjoy their time at the airport and the wide range of destinations on offer.”
Polymorit’s sales and operations director, Howard Payne, said: “The Wheellator is a tough but light-weight mobility aid, which was designed to be used outdoors and inside.
“Airports are a perfect environment for an adaptable aid such as the Wheellator, and we hope there will be passengers with reduced mobility who will be happy to try out an alternative to a standard wheelchair.”