Emirates will be hosting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) inaugural Global Accessibility Symposium, in a move to bring the industry together to advance open dialogue for a more disability-inclusive air transport system.
The event takes place in Dubai on November 5 and 6.
The Iata Global Accessibility Symposium furthers the commitment of the resolution on passengers with disabilities which was made at the Iata Annual General Meeting in Seoul in June 2019. The resolution aims to improve the air travel experience for the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide by encouraging governments, airlines, airports and stakeholders across the aviation industry to work together to ensure access to a safe, reliable and dignified travel experience.
Acknowledging that initiatives of this magnitude need to be a collaboration between all stakeholders, this event is part of an industry strategy to engage with policy-makers and operators, draw on the extensive knowledge of specialised advocacy groups and organisations, and understand how technology can play a role in furthering accessibility.
Additionally, the aim is to tap into the experiences of travellers with disabilities to understand their needs and how the aviation industry can best assist them.
The invitation-only event will include keynotes, panel discussions and fireside chats that will tackle a wide variety of accessibility topics.