Pafos airport wins Accessible Airport Award 2018

20 June 2018
adia Hadad, our Executive Committee Member and by Ms. Elisabeth Kotthaus, Head of Unit Social Affairs, Passengers Rights & Equal Opportunities, DG Mobility & Transport, European Commission and Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO of Hermes Airports

Pafos International airport, in Cyprus was the winner of the Accessible Airport Award 2018, awarded yesterday by the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) and the European Disability Forum.

The award was given during ACI Europe’s gala dinner by Nadia Hadad, our Executive Committee Member and by Ms. Elisabeth Kotthaus, Head of Unit Social Affairs, Passengers Rights & Equal Opportunities, DG Mobility & Transport, European Commission. Representing Pafos Airport was Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO of Hermes Airports who manage the Larnaka and Pafos International Airport.

The Accessible Airport Award aims to honour the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services that it offers. It is also intended to encourage other airports to continue their work on removing the barriers that people with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility (PRM) can still face when travelling by air.

For us, one of the most important factors was Pafos’ active involvement of persons with disabilities, when developing accessibility processes. This active involvement is essential when creating accessible processes for all.

This active involvement by Hermes airport as resulted in two consecutive awards, as last year the Larnaka Airport won the Accessible Airport Award.

Copenhagen Airport also received a special mention on its staff expertise in providing assistance for persons with reduced mobility.

As every year, we also highly praise the EU Air Passenger Regulation as a good example of legislation that improves the accessibility of transport.

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