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Larnaca airport comes top of 500 for disabled access

Larnaca airport has come in top place against 500 other airports for being the most accessible for disabled persons, it emerged on Wednesday.

In a statement by the ACI (Airports Council International) Europe, it said the Accessible Airport Award went to Larnaca airport after judges found it had “remarkable accessible friendly initiatives.”

These include boarding equipment such as an eagle lift, facilitating the boarding of wheelchairs and the “level of accessibility with regard to check-in machines and E-Gates.”

“The judges noted that Larnaca international airport offers interesting additional features, such as sockets for electric wheelchairs, free parking for 120 minutes and cooperation with Senior Travel Groups that have expertise on accessibility for people with reduced mobility, as well as much improved accessibility features on the airport website.”

The selection was made out of 500 airports in 45 countries.

Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO of Hermes airports which manages both Larnaca and Paphos airports, said this was the first time a Cypriot airport won an award and was proud of the achievement, particularly in “such a demanding category.”

She also thanked Sofi Christofidou, Hermes customer service manager and the company offering services for the disabled S&L Airport Services Ltd.

Last year’s winner was Dublin airport and it was commended this year for keeping up the high quality of its accessibility services.

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