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 interaction with staff, places to sit, accessible toilets, and 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 launched it all and spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the achievement for both airports...

Catherine McGuigan is the Chief Officer of Age Friendly Ireland and she told Teresa what it means to be an age-friendly airport...

 

Pat Dowling is the CEO of Clare County Council and is the Chair of the National Age Friendly Alliance he spoke to Teresa about the significance of the new charter launched today...

 

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