Beijing Airport Becomes More Accessible
The Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) will undergo reconstruction in order to make the airport more accessible to athletes, teams and spectators arriving in the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in September.
30 May 2008
Located in the northeast of Beijing, BCIA is in the heart of the city, only 18 km from the Paralympic Village.
The reconstruction work will be carried out throughout the airport rather than just being restricted to the new Terminal 3, where most of the barrier-free facilities have already been put in place.
Over eight million yuan ($1.14 million) have already been spent making Terminal 2 and section D of Terminal 3 accessible.
Accessibility measures at the airport include lowered counters and telephone booths, accessible passages, rest rooms and elevators, as well as special paths for visually impaired visitors, special parking spaces for people with a physical disability and blinking light board indicators for people with hearing impairments. Airport personnel are also receiving special training.
The changes, especially at Terminal 3, will cut processing times for Paralympic teams by 40 percent.