The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has announced the launch of a new ambulift (ambulance lift) service at Rajkot Airport to assist passengers with disabilities.
AAI has provided 14 airports across the country with ambulifts to assist Divyang passengers with impaired mobility in boarding the main decks of all types of aircraft as part of the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan).
The 14 airports where the facility is now operational are Dehradun, Gorakhpur, Patna, Bagdogra, Darbhanga, Imphal, Vijayawada, Port Blair, Jodhpur, Belgaum, Silchar, Jharsuguda, Rajkot, and Hubli.
It should be operational in the airports of Dimapur, Jorhat, Leh, Jamnagar, Bhuj, and Kanpur by the end of the month.
The AAI programme, which is part of the government of India’s Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan), would make air travel more comfortable for people with disabilities and assist Divyangjan at airports without aerobridges.
AAI has purchased 20 ambulifts for airports that regularly operate Code C and other advanced level aircraft but do not have access to aerobridges.
The ambulift was made in India, according to the government’s Make in India strategy.
The ambulift service was purchased for Rs 63 lakhs per unit by AAI and is being provided to operational airlines at its airports at a low cost.