Glasgow Airport trialling special assistance support app
Glasgow Airport is trialling a special assistance support app to ensure all passengers who require additional help at the gateway get the assistance they need.
The UK airport reveals that around 25% of requests for special assistance are made on the day of travel and hopes that the PRM Assist app will supplement the current service which is usually pre-arranged by the passenger via their airline or booking agent.
This means that Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) passengers who have been unable to book assistance with their airline can do so using the new app, or it will allow the airport’s service provider OCS to arrange assistance for them.
As well as ensuring all PRM passengers get the support they need when travelling through the terminal, the app will help OCS to plan staffing and equipment levels further in advance and provide a wide range of analysis to continually improve the current service.
The PRM Assist app can also provide passengers with real-time flight information, allow them to request specific special assistance and provide feedback, which is a vital part of how the service is continually improved.
Ronald Leitch, Glasgow Airport’s operations director, said: “The way in which special assistance services are delivered is constantly evolving and improving, so we continually look at ways we can further develop our methods to ensure our PRM passengers enjoy a safe, dignified and enjoyable airport experience.
“Glasgow has one of the highest proportions of PRM passengers of any UK airport and I firmly believe this is due to the quality of the service and the significant investment we make each year.
“What is also vital to the success of our PRM service at Glasgow Airport is the dedication and hard work of those people who deliver for our passengers who need additional support each and every day.”
Last month Glasgow Airport received the highest ‘Very Good’ rating from the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Interim Airport Accessibility Report.