Glasgow’s airports have been ranked as some of the best in the country for disabled access.

A new report by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) places both Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick among the top six in Scotland after it received a “very good” rating.

More than three million people with disabilities requested extra assistance while travelling through UK airports in 2016, up from 2.7 million the previous year, with this increase outstripping the general rise in air travel.

A CAA spokesperson said: “The increase in numbers is good news and something the UK aviation industry should be rightly proud of. We believe that the higher number of people using assistance is often a direct result of the high-quality service generally found at UK airports and on board UK originating aircraft.

Inverness also received a “good” ranking, Aberdeen Airport and Sumburgh Airport on Shetland received a “good” ranking while Edinburgh was upgraded to “good” after being classed as “poor” in last year’s report.

The CAA spokesperson added: “In last year’s report we classified Edinburgh as ‘poor’ and therefore we are particularly pleased that there has been significant progress at the airport over the year.”

The CAA said Edinburgh had “made accessibility a priority” and that management and airport service provider Omniserv had “worked hard to not only bring the service up to an acceptable standard but to aspire to achieve a ‘very good’ rating”.

Four airports in the UK were ranked as being “poor” for disabled travellers – East Midlands, Exeter, London Heathrow and Manchester.

Originally posted Glasgow Live 11 August 2017


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