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Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport become first WHO Age Friendly airports in the world

23rd June 2022 - 10:00am

Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport have become the first airports in the world to be recognised as Age Friendly airports by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport have become the first airports in the world to be recognised as Age Friendly airports by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport have become the first airports in the world to be recognised as Age Friendly airports by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

 

Both airports were officially launched as Age Friendly Airports, certified by the WHO, at a ceremony in Ireland West Airport, officiated by Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport.

 

Congratulating the airports, Hildegarde Naughton TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport said: “Ireland has taken an international lead in making the airport environment age friendly and we now look forward to sharing this learning with other airports around the world.  Making sure that airport facilities are Age Friendly is an effective way to enhance their accessibility and usability for everyone. It ensures that domestic passengers feel confident in organising a trip abroad and it makes Ireland more attractive as a destination to older travellers from other countries”.

 

Both airports have worked closely with Age Friendly Ireland and their respective local authorities to enhance their services for older people. This work was supported by Mayo County Council, Clare County Council, Limerick City and County Council via their Age Friendly Programmes, and Meath County Council, who spearheaded the national Age Friendly Programme.

 

To become recognised as Age Friendly Airports, Shannon and Ireland West Airport consulted extensively with their older customers via the Older People’s Councils hosted by local government. This included carrying out ‘walkability audits’ of the buildings and their environs. In their report, the walkability audit teams found Shannon “a very easy international airport to navigate” with an “excellent PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) service being offered free of charge.” The team also commended the airport staff for their friendly and helpful approach as well as facilities such as the airport’s dedicated mobility desk, sensory room, even and non-slip flooring, ample seating to rest and seating for wheelchair users.

 

With these two airports now recognised as Age Friendly, Ireland is very much open for business for older people across the world to come here and sample Ireland’s wonderful tourism offerings, hospitality, adventure, and culture.


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