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Yesterday, September 18, 2018, Bonaire International Airport announced the recent acquisition of two Passenger Boarding Ramps, making the arrivals and departures of those physically handicapped much easier when boarding or disembarking here on Bonaire.

Ramps provide accessibility options for airports which do not utilize jetways.

In many warm-weather locations or small islands, such as Bonaire, the airport does not utilize jetways but instead uses mobile stairs which are placed at the doors of the plane for boarding or disembarking.  However, this method is not the best for those who require wheelchair access, or for those who simply need a little help with the steps.  Now, Flamingo Airport makes it much easier for those of us who prefer a ramp over stairs.

Two passenger boarding ramps are available to fit either large planes from overseas, or the smaller planes which connect Bonaire regionally to other islands.

Two ramps of differing sizes ensure usability for any size plane.

With two ramps–one large and one small–any plane arriving at Bonaire’s airport can utilize the boarding ramps.  The smaller of the two ramps will be used for the regional flights between the islands, generally served with smaller planes.  Larger planes, such as those from United Airlines, American Airlines, or Delta will require the larger of the two ramps.

Benefits of Passenger Boarding Ramps.

More efficient boarding and improved safety.

Passenger ramps will assist with more efficient boarding and disembarking procedures, especially for those traveling with young children, as they lessen the fear of falling down steps.  Also, those who have chronic conditions, such as aging knees, will appreciate the ramp as a safer alternative to the mobile stairs, especially useful for roll-on-roll-off carryon bags as well.

Faster evacuation.

In the case of a need for quick evacuation, the ramp can provide assistance with moving people off the plane quickly and in a safe manner.

Dignified boarding and inclusivity for those in wheelchairs.

The gently-sloped ramps give disabled passengers the opportunity to board and disembark aircraft without being taken away from other passengers while offering every passenger a safe, dignified boarding and disembarkation experience no matter what their age or ability.

The new passenger boarding ramps in use at Bonaire International Airport will help facilitate boarding for those in wheelchairs.

Thanks go to Bonaire’s Island Government, Bonaire International Airport, and the island’s Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sports, which collaborated together to provide this enhanced accessibility for the island’s air passengers.

(Source: Bonaire International Airport)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

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