The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place today (Monday 3 December 2018) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority is proudly doing its bit to help promote greater accessibility to flying for people with reduced mobility and increase awareness of the needs of those with hidden disabilities.

That's because our work is ensuring the UK aviation industry follow regulations and guidelines to help ensure passengers with accessibility needs can experience air travel in a way that treats them with dignity and respect.

We review annually how UK airports support people with disabilities and make our findings public - the UK Civil Aviation Authority is the first aviation regulator in the world to put in place such a framework for accessibility to airports.

This year, we have also updated our guidance for frontline staff to help identify more easily people with hidden disabilities who may otherwise go unnoticed, such as those who may be hard of hearing, suffer dementia or are autistic.

By working closely with industry, we can help raise standards to better meet the needs of over three million people a year who request assistance, an increase of 80 per cent since 2010.

Paul Smith, Consumers and Markets Director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Our work has a truly international dimension, so it's right we support the United Nation's annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

“We will continue to prioritise access to air travel and maintain close co-operation with disability organisations and the aviation industry to ensure people continue to receive the assistance they need.”