Cyprus Airways, in cooperation with the Flight Safety Foundation, organised a special event for children with autism on Tuesday as part of events to mark upcoming World Autism Day on April 2.
Sixty children and adults with autism and their guardians visited Larnaca airport to participate in a scheduled air travel simulation.
The simulation started at the entrance of the airport through to departures, following all the necessary steps starting from the check-in process and ending on a Cyprus Airways aircraft, where approximately 120 participants – children and guardians – followed the planned procedures and safety instructions ahead of take-off.
The aircraft taxied for 20 minutes. The simulation was achieved with the practical support of Hermes Airports and ICTS, Cyprus Airways said.
Natalia Popova, Commercial Chief Officer of Cyprus Airways, said: “We were very pleased and willing to respond to the Flight Safety Foundation’s request to organise this event by sending an open invitation to the relative parties. With the air travel simulation, we gave children and adolescents with autism, as well as their families, the opportunity to prepare and familiarise themselves with the procedures involved in a flight.”