Dr. Harold Demuren
Following the challenges faced by handling companies at Nigeria’s airports in boarding physically challenged or sick passengers who are usually conveyed on wheelchairs, the Precision Aviation Handling Company Limited provided equipment that will facilitate their lifting to the aircraft.
The equipment, called Ambu–Lift effortlessly lifts the physically challenged to the aircraft without hassles and cumbersome procedures associated with manual efforts in boarding them.
Several years ago a renowned Nigerian writer who is physically challenged was left in aircraft for hours because there was no such equipment to disembark him and when it was manually done he was injured in the process.
The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Harold Demuren commended the efforts of Precision to provide the equipment and recommended it to the nation’s airports.
The company said that Ambu - Lift is used to facilitate wheel chair and stretches passengers with special need into the air craft without hassles.
Commenting on the new equipment, General Manager Operations/Business Development, Mr Herbert Odika, explained that this was the first time such equipment was introduced by a ground handling company.
“The equipment has similar features of a catering truck that has hydraulic lift to convey passengers through the rear door of an aircraft. Apart from the convenience of carrying passengers, the Ambu- Lift enhances facilitation of passenger’s boarding", he said.
Odika recalled that it was a practice in the past among ground handling companies to use high loaders meant for cargo and baggage to lift wheel chairs, noting that with the introduction of the Ambu- Lift by his company, all categories of passenger with special need do not have anything to worry about.
"The use of high loader to lift wheel chairs contravenes both international Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations”, he added.
The Ambu- Lift, which is already in use in Lagos and Abuja airports, Odika explained, is the first of its kind in Nigeria, adding that, the development is good for the consumers of ground handling services.
Odika also said that the era when first class and business passengers had to wait for passengers special needs to be boarded has gone because, adding that with the new equipment, all passengers could board simultaneously while economy passengers are boarded immediately afterwards.