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Quito recognised for efforts to accommodate passengers with disabilities

Quito’s gateway to the world, Mariscal Sucre International Airport, has been officially recognised by the city for its efforts to accommodate passengers with disabilities.

The Municipality of Quito’s Office for Social Inclusion has awarded its ‘Progressive Inclusive Seal’ to operator Corporación Quiport for taking “the necessary steps to provide accessibility to disabled persons with quality and efficiency”.

The award is essentially an incentive given to public and private entities to implement inclusive management systems as part of their social responsibility policies.

At the awards ceremony, the Municipality’s Secretary of Social Inclusion, César Mantilla, explained that since January the Municipal Council has been encouraging the ‘Quito, Inclusive City’ project, which aims to progressively transform Quito into a fair and diverse city free from discrimination. 

Users recommended awarding the seal to the airport.

Mantilla said that it was decided to give the Inclusive Seal to the airport thanks to the actions of a disabled rights activist who during a visit to the airport as a user was able to verify the facilities provided at the terminal and the willingness and collaboration of the airport staff towards disabled persons.

“This is what is valuable, that the recognition does not stem from a request but rather that we have come to the airport to recognise all it has done,” said César Mantilla.

 Andrew O’Brian, president and CEO of Corporación Quiport, enthused: “For those who make up Mariscal Sucre Airport, we are proud to receive the Progressive Inclusive Seal which commits us to identifying opportunities for improvement in this regard.”

He also stated that the award is for the entire airport city, since infrastructure is one part and the other part is contributed by all the entities and more than 7,000 persons who provide services at the airport.

And he congratulated the municipality for encouraging accessibility for all, adding: “Quito is placed at the forefront of this global trend that seeks to make cities places in which diversity, equality and lack of discrimination are the main principles of urban management.”

For the record, the infrastructure of Mariscal Sucre International Airport offers the following facilities for passengers with disabilities:

• Separate parking spaces

• Access ramps to the terminal

• Wide elevators and escalators,

• Bathroom signage in Braille,

• Specific bathrooms and drinking fountains for those with special needs

• Special seats in departure lounges

• No obstacles such as uneven surfaces or stairs on each floor of the terminal

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