Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (222)

James Browne

Question:

222. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the action being taken by Shannon Airport DAC to fill the known equipment and service void and to avoid aisle chair transfer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41463/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Shannon Airport Authority holds statutory responsibility for the management, operation and development of Shannon Airport.

The use of a specific piece of equipment at airports in Ireland is an operational matter for the airports themselves. I understand that Shannon Airport Authority has previously been contacted on this matter and I can confirm that that remains the most appropriate channel through which to address queries regarding the use of specific equipment.

However, to be of assistance, enquiries have been made of Shannon Airport Authority on this issue and they have informed my Department that there is no existing equipment and service void, nor has there been at any time with its present PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) service, which is provided under contract. The PRM service also includes the provision of suitable lifting equipment including aisle seats. Shannon Airport Authority have confirmed that there have been no complaints from any PRM passengers to date in relation to aisle seat transfers.

Shannon Airport's current PRM contract expires on 31 December 2018. A combined service tender, including the PRM service, went to tender on 26th June 2018 and the contract is currently in the award phase. The provision of equipment under this contract will be the responsibility of the service provider appointed.