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Barrier-free Sochi Airport to serve 190,000 people during Paralympics

March 05, 2014, 17:30 UTC+3 SOCHI
Basel Aero, which is a part of Russia’s industrial diversified group Basic Element, reported earlier that the airport already served many flights with Paralympic athletes in February
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SOCHI, March 05. /ITAR-TASS/. The Sochi International Airport is ready to serve over 190,000 passengers from about 1,000 arriving and departing flights during the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, which kick off in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Friday, airport’s operating company Basel Aero said on Wednesday.

According to the company, the airport is completely barrier-free and ready for serving the participants and the guests of the Paralympics.

The facility is equipped with tactile footpaths, which are part of the navigation package for the blind, wheelchair ramps, special parking lots and accessible toilets.

Elevators for people with reduced mobility have audible warnings as the doors open or close and also feature Braille letters for visually impaired people.

Registration terminals are equipped with 80-centimeters (2.6-feet) stands for wheelchair-bound passengers. The airport also has areas particularly designated for hearing-impaired people.

Four ambulifts with a capacity of five people each will help the passengers with restricted mobility to either board or leave the aircraft.

Basel Aero, which is a part of Russia’s industrial diversified group Basic Element, reported earlier that the airport already served many flights with Paralympic athletes in February. The athletes were served during no more than 30 minutes upon arrival.

Over 1,350 Paralympic athletes from 45 countries are expected to compete for 72 sets of medals at Russia’s first ever Winter Paralympic Games, due in Sochi between March 7 and 16.

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