Extracts from the press conference by Antoni Tajani on the Regulation concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air
On 17 July 2008, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, visited Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport, to mark the coming into force on 26 July of new European rules which will offer the disabled and the elderly access to air transport comparable to that available to any other passengers using airports in the European Union, without discrimination or extra costs.
Since 26 July 2007, a European Regulation adopted a year previously prevents airlines and travel agents from refusing to reserve flights for passengers or from refusing to transport them because of their reduced mobility. On 26 July 2008, the other provisions of the Regulation enter into force. Airports will from then on have to offer a specific range of services to people with reduced mobility, so that they can benefit from airport facilities to the same extent as other passengers. Priority boarding under the best possible conditions will be required, with all the appropriate facilities. In addition, on flights leaving from an EU airport or operated by an EU carrier into an EU airport, airlines will be obliged to offer certain services free of charge, like the transport of wheelchairs and guide dogs. SHOTLIST