Larnaca International Airport. The Eagle Passenger Lifter
Larnaca Airport has purchased new equipment for people with reduced mobility and disabilities. Designed to lift people from their own wheelchair into an airport wheelchair or aisle chair and vice versa. The Eagle Passenger Lifter avoids manual handling and therefore reduces the risk of injury and discomfort.
For most people their holiday begins at the airport once they’ve checked-in their luggage and are finally able to relax. However, for disabled travellers this is not always the case. This is because they often still face a lot of uncertainty and worry about getting on and off the aircraft safely.
The use of the Eagle Passenger Lifter does not replace wheelchairs. The main role is primarily supportive, by assisting the travelling needs of people with reduced mobility and disabilities. The procedure can be carried out both during their placement and removal to and from their aircraft seats, as announced by Airport operator Hermes.
The purchase of the Eagle Passenger Lifter system at Larnaca International Airport comes just a few months after the airport received the European distinction for the high-quality services offered at Cyprus’ airports to people with disabilities.
The Eagle hoist is designed for use in commercial jet aircraft with 3 seats each side.
Single aisle aircraft requires the us of the right hand “D” seat allocation. Other seating options are available for wide body aircraft. It can extend in length to accommodate longer seat leg room in business and first class. It can also lift people over fixed armrests.
Five Key Points of the Eagle hoist:
- Safety – For both passengers and staff.
- Speed – Quick turn-around time of aircraft, prevents delays for the air carrier and other passengers.
- Service – Offers a more dignified and comfortable service.
- Staff – Provides a more professional service, without the risk to both staff and passenger!
- Saving – Time and money, quicker aircraft turn-around and less risk of injuries.
All airports will one day hopefully have this hoist available. As a result, disabled passengers will then have a choice on how they would prefer to be transferred on and off an aircraft.
This also means that it can be used at the start and end of each plane journey, allowing for a more enjoyable, safe, dignified and comfortable experience all round.
The Eagle Lifter is currently available at the following UK airports: Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle, Heathrow and Gatwick. In addition, the new service is already available at Larnaca Airport, Cyprus.
More information: www.haycomp.com.au