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Before your trip
Special assistance should be requested from your airline or travel agent when making reservations or at least 48 hours prior to departure. It is important that the airline is provided with detailed information regarding all special needs. Assistance is free and the airline is responsible for informing any involved airports.
The codes listed below are the standards ones used for classifying the different types of disabilities and the related needs:
BLND, Visually impaired or blind passengers
WCHR, Passengers who have difficulties in walking long distances but can go up and down the aircraft access stairs and walk without assistance
WCHS, Passengers who cannot go up and down the aircraft access stairs unaided, but who are able to walk around inside the plane without assistance.
WCHC, Passengers who are completely unable to move, are not self-sufficient aboard of the aircraft and require total assistance.
DEAF, Passenger who is deaf or hard of hearing
DPNA, Passenger with intellectual or behavioural disabilities
Medical Certificate: in particular cases (which does not apply to those with a long-term disability such as the blind or those bound to wheel chairs) the airline might request a medical certificate.
Mobility Aids: passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility are authorised to maintain two mobility aids free of charge. Passengers using electric wheel chairs are obliged to notify the airline at least forty-eight hours prior to the flight.
Assistance dogs:Certified assistance and guide dogs may travel in the cabin provided that the airline is notified sufficiently in advance..
Oxygen on board: passengers requiring oxygen during the flight must notify the airline beforehand. The airline may then establish whether the passenger can bring his or her own oxygen.