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Gatwick produces films to encourage people with disability to travel

To encourage people with a disability to travel, Gatwick has today published three new videos that show the journey through the airport from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair and someone who is partially sighted.

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The films are designed to inspire confidence by demonstrating the possibilities for independent or semi-independent travel – and show what travelling through Gatwick Airport is like from the perspective of two frequent flyers.

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We're passionate about making the process of travelling through the airport as smooth as possible for everyone.To encourage people with a disability to travel, Gatwick has published two new videos that show the journey through the airport from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair and someone who is partially sighted.The films are designed to inspire confidence by demonstrating the possibilities for independent or semi-independent travel. Huge thanks to RNIB, Mark Powell and • Sophie Bradbury-Cox •, for helping to make the films happen.

Posted by Gatwick Airport on Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Sophie Bradbury-Cox, social media influencer, and Marc Powell, Paralympian and Innovation Strategist at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) both feature in the films:

Sophie Bradbury-Cox said: “It’s been fantastic to be able to show what it’s like for me, as a wheelchair user, to navigate around the airport. It can be an exciting and sometimes daunting experience, but at Gatwick, I was able to get the right help at the times I needed it.”

Marc Powell said: “It’s great to work with Gatwick to highlight what it’s like for me to travel through a busy airport. Everyone’s different but for me it’s important to retain a level of independence when traveling. I rely on accessing the infrastructure and when I can’t, being able to get assistance when I need it is key.” 

Included in the films is a demonstration of how the airport’s special assistance service works and other initiatives to help make passengers’ journeys smoother.  The films have also been published in October – one of the busiest months for disabled travellers now that the schools have returned from summer holidays.

Jack Bigglestone-Silk, Accessibility Manager, Gatwick Airport said: 

We’ve been working hard to improve accessibility for all our passengers and these videos show, not only how far we’ve come, but how we are still continuing to work on improvements. We want to be the UK’s most accessible airport and it’s important that we continue to work with passengers, charity partners and other experts to make that ambition a reality.”

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John Worsfold, – Innovation Through Partnerships, RNIB said: 

It’s great collaborating with Gatwick Airport, empowering them to better understand the needs of blind and partially sighted passengers, highlighting real experiences for those travelling with a range of requirements. Being able to work closely with businesses like Gatwick Airport allows us to share our learnings to create tangible benefits to the way people travel.”

Gatwick also recently announced a new independent panel – made up of experts in the travel needs of disabled passengers and people with reduced mobility – to help shape Gatwick’s accessibility strategy and improve services for disabled passengers.

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Gatwick hotel to double in size as they promise continued work with local community

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Bloc Hotels has submiteed plans to increase the size of their Gatwick hotel turning it from a 245 room hotel to an impressive 473 rooms.

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The huge growth proposal, if approved, will see a large extension added to the side of the current hotel.

The extension will see the hotel increase its footprint over the south terminal of the airport and allow them to offer more accomodation as demand for their unique facilities continues to grow.

Most exciting for the Crawley community is their promise to continue to work closely with local companies and education establiments.

Jemini Tarling, Group Business & Operations Manager for Bloc Hotel said:

“Having been a member of the Gatwick Diamond Business Association since 2014, we understand the importance of working closely with the local community on all levels and actively work with Crawley businesses on a day to day basis.

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We currently support numerous local service providers including printers, laundry services and taxi companies among others.

We also collaborate with Crawley College, supporting student learning by facilitating hotel visits for project and work experience.”

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