Guernsey Ports has invested in equipment which will make a significant difference for passengers who require step-free access to board and disembark commercial passenger aircraft.
The Ports has purchased two Aviramp Lite devices for passenger use at Guernsey Airport. These ramps will be used primarily for ATR aircraft which are operated by Aurigny and Blue Islands. Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, formerly used by Flybe, can also use this model of Aviramp. Aurigny’s Embraer-195 has its own step free access arrangements.
Guernsey Ports’ Chief Operations Officer Ross Coppolo told Channel Eye: “Aviramp was selected for use at Guernsey Airport as it’s a proven market solution in meeting the needs of passengers who require alternative access arrangements. This investment will improve the accessibility experience for all airport passengers. Other airports worldwide have used Aviramp products with success and we believe Guernsey Airport will also experience similar benefits in the future.”
The Aviramp Lite is powered by solar panels which also promotes one of the Ports’ key objectives of improving environmental sustainability.
The States of Guernsey’s Disability Officer Gill Evans said: “This investment made by Guernsey Ports will make a difference to those passengers who require step free access to a range of aircraft types. The introduction of the Aviramp at Guernsey Airport will be a considerable improvement for those who need such access to and from the aircraft. This will open up and overcome barriers to air travel for many Bailiwick residents and visitors who may have been deterred from using air travel due to the lack of such a facility.”
Partnership Director at Access for All Karen Blanchford said: “This purchase of the Aviramp by Guernsey Ports will go a long way to making air travel more accessible for Bailiwick residents and visitors. This new equipment, which has been used successfully at other airports, will give passengers who require step free access more options to board or disembark aircraft and meet their needs. We are fully supportive of the efforts by Guernsey Ports to improve passenger access in aviation.”
Passenger and Special Assistance Service User David Rowlinson said: “This is a big step forward for Guernsey Airport and a far superior solution for step free access to and from aircraft for people with reduced mobility or who need to use a wheelchair. Having seen and used the ramp for myself it will certainly make a big difference
and improve my personal travel experience. The Aviramp will give more comfort for residents and visitors who have a disability or lack the confidence with aircraft steps and need extra support.”