Ireland West airport Knock and Shannon airports have today become the first two airports in the world to be recognised as "Age Friendly" airports by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Both airports were officially launched as Age Friendly Airports, at a ceremony at Ireland West Airport, by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton today.
Key features of an "Age Friendly" airport include things like the standard of the interaction with staff, places to rest and sit, accessible toilets, a secure environment aand clear signage for displaying airline arrivals and departures information.
Both airports engaged extensively with older people and groups like Age Friendly Mayo, Clare and Limerick to learn more about the needs of the elderly and their experiences through an airport. Both airports listened and responded by ensuring that facilities were in place to make the airport experience "Age Friendly"
"Age Friendly" Airport guidelines were then drafted for certification by the World Health Organisation.
Minister Hildegarde Naughton was in IWAK to launch it all today and told Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley that its its a proud day as Ireland has taken an international lead in making the airport environment age friendly..
Joe Gilmore is the CEO of IWAK and he explained the latest achievement by the airport...
Mary Considine is the CEO of the Shannon Group and she explained the efforts that have been made to ensure the journey through Shannon airport is a good experience for the elderly, people with disabilities and everyone...