The Atatürk Airport Istanbul was made accessible through a holistic approach: tactile surfaces added; sanitary facilities renovated; induction loop systems implemented. Strong emphasis was laid on the training of the airport employees.
- Airport accessibility for everyone
- TAV Istanbul
- Country of Implementation
- First published
“Airports act as social hubs, catalysing cultural, economic and social exchanges between people. It’s crucial that they’re accessible by all.” Kemal UNLU
The specific needs of different groups of persons with disabilities were taken into consideration in order to make the Atatürk Airport accessible. A holistic approach was chosen, not limiting itself to the transformation of the physical space but also aimed at creating awareness within the organisation as well as amongst the general public.
For persons with disabilities, navigating an airport independently is only possible if certain services are provided and employees are trained. Arriving at the airport by subway causes a huge obstacle for persons with visual impairments if no tactile surfaces are available to lead the way to the terminal.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Holistic approach to make airport accessible and obstacle-free, capacity building