Needs of disabled ignored in city airport’s new pick-up system
Published 04/05/2009 | 12:45
I agree with the sentiments voiced by Belfast’s former Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers (April 29), concerning the new George Best Belfast City Airport pick-up and drop-off arrangements for passengers.
They are indeed a “total and utter disgrace” and, equally importantly, will cause disabled travellers a much greater deal of hardship.
I am a frequent flyer and have a chronic disability and feel there has been no thought given to the needs or rights of the disabled.
As an example, while I accept the temporary nature of the present situation while work continues, a temporary building in the short-stay car park with an ill-fitted ramp and no seating or means of contacting the terminal building is, I think, proof that the needs of the disabled minority are, yet again, to be ignored to generate greater car parking revenues behind a veneer of improvement for security’s sake.
A much more logical solution would have been to allocate the present so called ‘restricted zone’ immediately across from the terminal entrance as a disabled parking and drop-off/pick-up point.
This would not have heightened the security risk since coaches and taxis already gain much closer proximity to the main terminal building.
I would be very interested to know which of the disability groups the airport authority or the Transport Police consulted in reaching their decision to renovate in this way.
I would also be equally interested to hear the views of any of the various disability rights groups since to date they seem to have been very quiet on this subject.