UK airports score highly on accessibility for disabled passengers

Fourteen UK airports have been rated as “very good” when it comes to accessibility for disabled passengers, according to new data.

In a ranking by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), airports including Belfast City, Edinburgh and Glasgow were deemed “very good”.

The aviation watchdog ranked 31 UK airports on how accessible they were for disabled passengers.

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Sixteen airports were rated as “good”, which included London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stansted.

Only Manchester airport, the UK’s third busiest, received a “needs improvement” status – an improvement on its “poor” rating for the past two years.

Earlier this week it was revealed that two thirds of disabled rail passengers experience problems travelling by train, according to new government research.

Looking at the experiences of disabled travellers all around the UK, the Department for Transport found that inaccessible toilets, ticket offices being closed and attitudes of other passengers all created barriers to travel.

The report, compiled in collaboration with Transport Focus, was based on a combination of 1,400 online survey responses, 150 face-to-face survey responses, 50 qualitative interviews, 12 expert interviews and 15 rail journeys conducted by passengers wearing a small camera to capture their experiences.

Airports with “Very Good” status

Aberdeen, Belfast City, City of Derry, Cornwall Newquay, Doncaster Sheffield, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Humberside, Kirkwall, Norwich, Southampton, Sumburgh.

Airports with “Good” status

Belfast International, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Inverness, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Southend, London Stansted, Newcastle.

Airports with ”Needs Improvement” status

Manchester

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