The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has equipped its 14 airports with ambulift facilities to help flyers with reduced mobility in boarding an aircraft.
Made-in-India ambulifts have been deployed at these airports as they do not have aerobridge facilities, the AAI said in a statement on Wednesday, April 13.
The 14 airports where this facility is available are Dehradun, Gorakhpur, Patna, Bagdogra, Darbhanga, Imphal, Vijayawada, Port Blair, Jodhpur, Belgaum, Silchar, Jharsuguda, Rajkot and Hubli, it mentioned.
Airports in Dimapur, Jorhat, Leh, Jamnagar, Bhuj and Kanpur will have this facility by the end of this month, it stated.
“The ambulifts can cater to six wheelchairs and two stretchers with an attendant at a time and is fitted with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system,” it mentioned.
According to the authority, the ambulifts can cater to six wheelchairs as well as two stretchers along with an attendant at a time and are fitted with heating, ventilation and AC system. Procured for INR 63 lakh per unit, the AAI is providing ambulift facility at a nominal token charge to the operating airlines, it noted.
“The government of India has been working to take forward the vision of the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyaan to ensure fully accessible public infrastructure, including airports, railways stations and public transport systems. This new addition of Ambulift at various AAI airports will strengthen Transportation System Accessibility, which is an important vertical of the Accessible India Campaign,” it said.
The AAI has taken the initiative of providing ambulifts under the central government’s Accessible India campaign to facilitate passengers with reduced mobility, divyang travellers on wheelchairs and passengers on stretchers during their air travel, it mentioned.
Ambulift is a medical high loader or highlifter, Passenger Boarding Lift (PBL), also called ambulance lift or ambilift, used as a boarding vehicle for disabled passengers (pax), passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) or disabled air-travellers, mainly people using wheelchairs (WCHC) or elderly people with difficulties in climbing stairs.
The ambilift vehicle is used by the special assistance or mobility service for passengers with reduced mobility or handicapped air travellers at the airport.