Friday, April 19, 2019

New terminal at Chennai airport to be more disabled-friendly

Chennai: The new integrated terminal, which is under construction, at the city airport will be more disabled-friendly.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has begun training its engineers to create such inclusive facilities as part of an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) programme.
Work to construct the integrated terminal in the space between the domestic and international terminal began last July. The building, which can be used for both domestic and international flights, is scheduled to be completed in three years and will have the best of facilities including automation for passenger access, an official said.

Engineers were being trained to ensure that they are sensitive to the needs of disabled passengers when designing or approving designs of passenger amenities inside the new building, the official said.

The move is part the ICAO requirement to improve airports following complaints from passengers that terminal and boarding facilities are not disabled-friendly. The AAI has nominated engineers for the programme which will be conducted in Delhi.

The aim is to “prepare the engineers with knowledge and skills needed to create and maintain infrastructure at airports to help passengers with reduced mobility to pass through an airport in a safe and efficient manner”.

The training will help engineers identify the special needs of the disabled and introduce appropriate facilities at different locations.
“We have started to train our engineers as many airport terminals are being upgraded. This [training] will help with the work being carried out in the Chennai airport as well,” said an official.
19/04/19 Times of India
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