DISABLED PEOPLE will benefit from a new voluntary code of practice which has been introduced by the Department for Transport.
”Access to Air Travel for Disabled People” targets the needs of individuals with a disability from the moment they book their flight to their return journey home.
Recommendations in the Code concentrate on meeting the needs of disabled people when booking their flight, travelling to the airport, using facilities within the terminal building and aircraft and provides a comprehensive resource for the travel industry to follow.
The Code was developed in association with the Airport Operators Association, the Association of British Travel Agents, British Air Transport Association and a new authority created called DPTAC (Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee).
It is hoped that all involved in the UK air industry - travel agents, tour operators, airlines, airports, ground handling companies and retailers - will adopt the standards set out in the Code and work to exceed them.
In a statement the Government says it intends to monitor implementation of the code and to take powers to confirm it in law if good results are not achieved through voluntary implementation of the Code, a clear indication to airlines if they do not take the code seriously legislation will be implemented.