Words by Colette Carr

London’s Gatwick Airport opened it’s gates to the disabled community and their families on Saturday to explore options available to them, ask questions and take in the facilities.

With airports traditionally a stressful place for many holidaymakers or commuters, disabled people can become wary or reluctant to fly, but Gatwick’s latest attempt to encourage more disabled flyers and show potential customers their accessibility and inclusivity firsthand garnered praise from attendees.

Taking place in the airport’s busy North Terminal, visitors were shown through the check in and security process and area, took in their dedicated sensory room, enjoyed a test ride the assistance buggy, met the associated security teams including the police and border force and had a look around an EasyJet plane’s cockpit and cabin.

In Gatwick’s biggest accessibility event yet, more than 40 families descended to enjoy the tour and met representatives from Autism Support Crawley, Virgin Atlantic Holidays and Surrey & Sussex Police Dog Section among others.

Did you head along on Saturday? Let us know what you thought of the event!

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