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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.”

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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Crawley MP Henry Smith launches aviation recovery plan

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Crawley MP and Future of Aviation Group Chair Henry Smith has launched the Group’s Aviation Recovery Plan to support the sector through the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Henry said;

“I’ve established and Chair the Future of Aviation Group, a cross-party coalition of MPs supporting the sector and urging the Government to take further action to assist this world-class industry.

“While Government deserves credit for stepping in and furloughing around 44,000 airline employees, it’s clear that the aviation sector needs further support for its employees.

“With Gatwick Airport in our borough boundary I’ve been clear that aviation’s recovery is not only about flights and trade, but what this vital sector means to hard-working families and whose employees have, in many cases, given significant periods of their lives to their careers.

“For their security we’re calling for a sector-specific extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

“I’m asking the Transport Secretary and his Cabinet colleagues to support the Future of Aviation Group’s Aviation Recovery Plan, which has protecting jobs and supporting businesses at its heart.”

The points included in the plan are;

    1: Introduce COVID-19 testing

    2: Introduce regional travel corridors

    3: An employment support package to March 2021

    4: Support the green recovery

    5: Take action on business rates

    6: Temporary suspension of Air Passenger Duty

    7: Support for UK travel inbound tourism

    8: Absorption of CAA/NATS charges for 2020-21

    9: Airspace modernisation

    10: Bring forward public procurement and accelerate public investment

Henry continued;

“It’s estimated that it could take a number of years to get international travel figures up to 2019 levels. We’ve heard the warnings, and it is time for action.

“The scale of the challenges encountered by the aviation, travel and tourism sectors would have been unimaginable only six months ago.

“Through the adoption of these and other policy recommendations being made by the Future of Aviation Group, the Government can reduce the scale of disruption of COVID-19 on this important industry for Crawley and UK-wide.”

The Future of Aviation Group’s Aviation Recovery Plan can be read here

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