- With 90 seats new special assistance area is more than double the existing area
- Designed with a premium lounge feel for passengers to enjoy before flying
- Up to 7% of UK population avoids air travel because of a disability
GATWICK, UK, 2018-Jul-19 — /Travel PR News/ — London Gatwick has today (17/07/2018) announced the opening of a new £2 million airline lounge style area in its North Terminal for passengers who require special assistance – one of the biggest of its kind in any European airport.
The area has been designed with a premium lounge feel, providing bespoke chairs and soft furnishings to provide a quiet, calm environment for passengers to relax in before their flight. Situated next to the North Terminal’s Departure Lounge, the new area is easy to access, once passengers has passed through the special assistance security lanes, and has capacity to seat up to 90 people – more than double the existing area size.
The 56 square metre site also has a dedicated reception area with hearing induction loops, water fountain and toilet facilities, as well as a number of charging points for passenger transport vehicles and personal electronic devices. The LED energy efficient lighting can also be remotely controlled to operate at different levels of brightness across the area, dependent on the preference or needs of the passengers.
Currently around 19% of the UK population have a disability and 11% a hidden disability. As much as 7% of the UK population is thought to avoid air travel because of a disability.
Gatwick is currently engaging with a broad range of disability groups to help ensure that the airport makes its services accessible for everyone and continues on its journey to becoming the most accessible airport in the UK.
Gatwick Airport’s Head of Terminal Operations, Andy Pule, said:
“We are delighted to open this new area for passengers who require special assistance and have taken great care to ensure the facility offers a premium style feel while also meeting the needs of our passengers.
“Gatwick is committed to providing passengers who have a disability or reduced mobility of any kind with the support and services required to ensure their time at the airport is as comfortable as possible and this remains a key area of focus for the airport.”
Mark Hicks Director, Airport Operations for Wilson James Ltd, Gatwick Airport’s Passenger Services provider, said:
“The new special assistance area in the North Terminal is a demonstration of the commitment across the Gatwick community to providing a positive service experience for passengers requiring assistance while traveling.
“The newly opened space will provide passengers with a calmer, comfortable seating environment whilst in our care during their journey through Gatwick.”
About London Gatwick
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the UK contributing £5.3 billion to national GDP and generating 85,000 jobs nationally, with around 24,000 on the wider airport campus alone. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
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