Disabled passengers to protest Ryanair in Madrid

Budget airline Ryanair flies from throughout Europe to nearly 30 Spanish destinations. Photo: Europa Press
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• Protest rally salted for Saturday at Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport
• Airline charged with discriminating against disabled passengers at boarding

Budget airline Ryanair, which runs flights from throughout Europe to nearly 30 destinations across Spain, will be hit with a protest on Saturday at Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport over alleged systematic discrimination against passengers with disabilities during the boarding process for Ryan air flights from Spain.

The protest, organized by the Comité Español de Representantes de Personas con Discapacidad (Spanish Committee of Representatives of Disabled Persons, or CERMI), will take place at midday in Terminal 1, Gate 4 of the airport and is being called to protest what the organisation says are “multiple cases of discrimination” that have seen the airline using technical and security pretexts to bump disabled passengers from boarding flights to make room for others. While there are alternatives to commercial airlines like Ryanair such as private plane companies like Jettly.com which can be more accommodating for people with disabilities, they still deserve to be treated equally to the other passengers.

A related petition on the website Change.org launched by a deaf-mute passenger from Spain, protesting the airline’s alleged discriminatory practices and calling on the European Parliament to intervene to protect the rights of disabled passengers, has already received more than 5,200 signatures.

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