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Minister welcomes Air NZ lifting equipment

31 August 2005

Minister welcomes Air NZ lifting equipment

Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson today welcomed Air New Zealand’s decision to introduce new mechanical lifting equipment for disabled people at a number of major airports around the country from 1 September 2005

“The ability to travel independently is essential for disabled people to be able to participate fully in our communities,” Ruth Dyson said.

“Air New Zealand’s decision to introduce new lifting equipment will remove barriers to travel for many disabled passengers and at the same time provide a safe working environment for airline staff.”

Ms Dyson commended the airline’s ongoing commitment to work with the disability sector to resolve concerns about lifting passengers.

“I am delighted that the new lifting equipment will address the needs of disabled people to transfer to and from aircraft at major airports. I am also pleased that the airline is committed to actively investigate a lifting solution for travel on smaller regional link aircraft.”

Ruth Dyson said the decision was in line with the New Zealand Disability Strategy, which was based on human rights, partnership and the full inclusion of disabled people in society.

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