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Aviation: Disabled

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken at EU level to phase out aircraft which do not meet disability access standards on routes operated wholly within the EU. (208247)

There are no plans to phase out aircraft which do not meet disability access standards.

A new EC Regulation gives rights to disabled passengers travelling by air. The Department for Transport is currently consulting on its revised Code of Practice ‘Access to air travel for Disabled Persons and Persons with Reduced Mobility’ which provides guidance to the aviation industry on how to comply with its obligations under the Regulation. Although not covered by the Regulation, this guidance also includes material on accessible aircraft design.

We aim to publish this Code when the EC Regulation comes fully into force from 26 July 2008.