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Sinn Féin welcomes protection of rights for air passengers with disabilities

23 July, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Human Rights, Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has welcomed new legislation that will require Airports to provide services to assist passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility when travelling through airports in Europe.

Martina Anderson said:

"From Saturday 26 July, airports will be required to provide services that will assist passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility that will relieve many of the anxieties that they now experience on their journey.

"I would encourage any passenger with disabilities who may encounter difficulty at airports particularly in the North while travelling to contact the Consumer Council, who has the power to deal with these situations, so that they can be addressed.

"I would also urge Airport management to ensure that facilities are in place to ensure that the new regulations can be implemented with the minimum of fuss to ensure stress free journey for those with disabilities or reduced mobility.

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