Air travel can be a challenge for any passenger. The parking, ticket lines, the waiting and boarding processes and security can be frustrating. When you have a disability it is even more difficult. Airports are crowded confusing places to be and the parking lots at these airports are no less confusing. Individuals with disabilities have unique needs while traveling. In an effort to reduce the obstacles that disabled passengers face, airports have begun implementing new systems and methods to assist their travelers. Some of the changes and services deal directly with parking.
The standard parking procedure at most airports involves a passenger arriving at the airport in their vehicle and then proceeding to a paid place to leave the car. This can be short-term, long-term or economy parking. They then either walk or take a shuttle service from the parking lot or garage to their appropriate terminal and commence the boarding process. Now in theory this sounds as though it’s a relatively simple task and for those travelers without disabilities, generally speaking it is. However, there can often be issues due to weight of luggage, poor weather, delays due to shuttle services and other unseen factors for anyone traveling.
Most people are completely unaware of the challenges travelers with disabilities face when going through the same procedure to park their vehicles at international airports. For individuals in wheelchairs, finding appropriate handicap parking that allows the easy access to the airport terminal can be next to impossible. In addition to the parking problem, getting on a shuttle can be time-consuming and crossing parking lots or navigating through many levels of a parking garage can be quite nerve wracking.
In an effort to better serve and accommodate their customers with disabilities specialized parking has been introduced. The relatively simple idea behind these services have saved millions of travelers from the confusion, anger and frustration they felt in the past while attempting to travel. Although from airport to airport there may be different variations of this service, the simple nature of the service is what is most appealing.
Not all airports have this, but some begin with contact to the airports’ parking coordinator or parking department. The customer simply makes arrangements to utilize the disabled parking services at that airport. The rest of the process is simple. Disabled parking services at airports is like that of a valet service at your favorite restaurant. The customer simply pulls up in their vehicle to one of the disabled parking lanes from there they escorted out and their vehicle is parked. The traveler then checks in and boards their flight.
Taking advantage of the disabled parking services available at most international airports makes traveling less stressful for those with disabilities. Every airport has a different way in which they provide their services, Simply calling the airports you will be departing from and arriving to and becoming familiar the services available for those individuals disabilities can save you a lot undue stress and frustration.