Glasgow Airport leads the way for accessibility with £140k changing facility
Glasgow Airport has unveiled a new £140,000 Changing Places facility to cater for passengers with complex needs.
The room features a toilet and changing facilities. It will support passengers with a range of physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
In fact, Glasgow is the biggest airport in Scotland to launch a dedicated area of this kind to support passengers, in response to the Changing Places campaign.
Offering extra equipment and space to enable passengers to use the toilet safely and comfortably, the Changing Places facility is situated in Glasgow Airport’s main check-in hall. This is to make sure it’s accessible to passengers departing and arriving at the airport.
Facilities available in the space include a height-adjustable sink, hydraulic bed, electronic hoist, shower, non-slip floor and privacy screens.
The Changing Places facility at Glasgow Airport was officially opened by representatives from Scottish charity Promoting A More Inclusive Society (PAMIS). Glasgow Airport also invited five-year-old Layla, who has a rare brain disorder and cerebral palsy, to help open the facility with her mum Cara Devaney.
Changing Places campaign was launched in 2006. It aims to improve accessible toilet facilities on behalf of more than a quarter of a million people in the UK who can’t use standard accessible toilets. Included in this group are people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. It also applies to some older people who require more support than standard toilets offer.
Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director, said: “Many people with complex health care needs who require this type of facility are restricted from being able to travel because their personal care needs cannot be accommodated in a standard accessible toilet.
“Thanks to the support of organisations such as PAMIS and Changing Places, we have introduced a first-class facility that will now make it easier for carers and people who have severe disabilities to travel through the airport.
“In 2016 we supported just under 90,000 passengers who required additional help while travelling through the terminal. The following year the number of special assistance passengers increased to more than 109,000.
“I firmly believe this increase is the direct result not only of the remarkable effort put in by the team each day, but also the significant investment we make each year in our facilities to ensure people who require additional support feel confident to travel and enjoy a safe, pleasant and memorable journey.”
Fiona Souter, Information and Inclusive Communities Director at PAMIS, said: “As the leading Scottish charity for the Changing Places toilet campaign, we are delighted that Glasgow Airport has installed a Changing Places toilet for its visitors.
“Many people with complex health care needs who require this type of facility are restricted from being able to travel because their personal care needs cannot be accommodated in an accessible toilet.
“Having a changing places toilet at Glasgow Airport will open up the world to them and ensure Scotland continues to meet the ambitions of Transport Scotland’s accessible travel framework – Going Further.
“This fantastic changing place toilet facility at Glasgow Airport will ensure that the personal care needs of its users are met with dignity and respect.”