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Airports: Wheelchairs

Volume 688: debated on Monday 22 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which British airports impose charges on users of wheelchairs.[HL1322]

Whether they will make representations to British airports to adopt the provisions of European Union regulation 1107/2006 in respect of wheelchair charges in time for the 2007 holiday season, rather than wait until 26 July 2008; and [HL1323]

What steps they are taking to discourage airports from regarding wheelchair handling as a profit centre.[HL1324]

We are not aware of any UK airport imposing additional charges to individual passengers for provision of wheelchairs. Furthermore, the existence of established case law in this area should already deter airport operators from doing so.

Department for Transport officials are in regular contact with UK air transport industry stakeholders, including the Airport Operators Association, on accessibility matters and will be issuing a formal consultation later this year on the implementation of European Union regulation 1107/2006 within the UK. Under this regulation, the practice of charging disabled passengers for assistance will be unlawful.