Following a successful trial at Gatwick Airport, a medical pharmacy grade hoist system is being piloted at Manchester Airport throughout November. Manual handling of passengers with disabilities can be hazardous for both the passengers and the helpers – the hoist in the trial is designed to fit within a plane’s narrow aisle and help transfer passengers to their seats. The move by Manchester Airport follows some committed lobbying by local passengers, so it’s encouraging to see airport management listening to their customers.

The hoist can be pre-booked (subject to availability), and Manchester Airport recommends that passengers wishing to use it should contact them at least 48 hours before travel. For more details see the news story on the Reduced Mobility website.