Skip Navigation LinksHome > News > Airlines Commit to Improve Travel for Passengers with Disabilities

Airlines Commit to Improve Travel for Passengers with Disabilities

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 75th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution to improve the air travel experience for the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide.

According to a press release from IATA, the AGM confirmed the commitment of airlines to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel, and calls upon governments to use IATA’s core principles for accommodating passengers with disabilities.  

These principles aim to change the focus from disability to accessibility and inclusion by bringing the travel sector together with governments to harmonize regulations and provide the clarity and global consistency that passengers expect. The 75th AGM, hosted by Korean Air brought 1000 industry leaders to Seoul on 1-3 June 2019. Read full Press Release

Over the years, the World Blind Union has raised concern over stringent restrictions and bureaucratic procedures imposed by some airlines which make travel more difficult specifically for blind and partially sighted persons using guide dogs. The WBU has persistently called on airlines to respect and guarantee blind air travellers' safety, dignity, and comfort. WBU therefore welcomes the new resolution and calls on airlines to abide by the IATA principles of ensuring accessibility and inclusion for all. Read more