Air travel is still the transportation mode in which persons with disabilities experience the most difficulties and human rights violations. To address this, three European organisations; AGE Platform Europe, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Passengers’ Federation (EPF), wrote a joint letter to the European Commission to revise Regulation 1107/2006 on the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air as part of the upcoming proposal to update the passenger rights’ legislative framework.
Legislative gaps still allow for the discrimination of persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air. We therefore urge the European Commission to strengthen Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 in order to:
- Eradicate all cases of denial of boarding
- Introduce a right to swift and fair compensation if an air carrier still denies boarding
- Provide an extra ticket free of charge for the passenger who is obliged to travel accompanied
- Provide quality assistance in the airport and on the plane
It is important that the interests of all passengers are taken into account as equally as possible, and we sincerely hope that the European Commission takes all the available measures under their competency to ensure equal rights in flights for persons with disabilities and reduced mobility.