Dear List members,
I am seeking your supports and suggestion on following matter.
Currently, allies of disabled people in Malaysia, Barrier-free Environment and Accessible Transport (BEAT), is fight for the aerobridge for new low cost carrier airport/terminal at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (KLIA2).
Main carrier at this airport, AirAsia, the largest low cost carrier in Asia, is refusing to use aerobridge at KLIA2, in order to protect their business model, which restrict their parking time in the airport within 25 minutes. AirAsia uses stairs and ambulift for wheelchair users currently, and insists to Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad (MAHB) NOT to install aerobridge at KLIA2.
BEAT made public demonstration, and Minster of transportation had meeting with BEAT after a demonstration, and this issue was brought into the Parliament. However, it seems still AirAsia refuses to use aerobridge, and insists MAHB NOT to construct/install it.
If it is an old airport, using ambulift as alternative may be acceptable. But it may not so at new airport.
I wondered how developed countries cope with this kind of situation. Low cost carrier and their business model is gradually dominating aviation industry, and if the model of AirAsia becomes the model, accessibility of disabled people definitely deteriorate.
I could not put attachments to this email, but past some address where you can read some stories on this.
We have been conducting Disability Equality Training (DET) and Disability Related Service Training (DRST) biweekly for AirAsia last 4 years, since we fought for the boarding rights against AirAsia and gained the rights to onboard and educate their staff on disability issues. However, we, BEAT, would withdraw even from this training, if AirAsia would not agree to use aerobridge.
We have Persons with Disability Act (2008) in Malaysia, but it does not include specific statements on this matter.
I would highly appreciate if someone could give us any information or strategy to fight against to this situation.
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