Innovation Unnoted

I stumbled upon The View from Islamabad and it kept me tuned till I explored A-Z all posts on it. And the Ingenious Innovation came direct from here =)

Quoting the blog author:

Some two years back passengers complained that PIA were charging extra (Rs. 4.5k about $8) for people who requested a wheelchair. It was a big deal because it affects disabled and senior citizens who go on pilgrimages to Mecca. One even saw a passenger wheeling an old lady on a baggage trolley from the PIA check-in to departure area in Jeddah, the “gateway to Makkah and Madinah.” I can only assume that this is no longer true — who would pay that much for this wheelchair? PIA must have come up with this practical solution to buying more costly wheelchairs.

What is interesting is that the European budget airline Ryanair has been reported to charge a “universal wheelchair levy” for the cost of transporting disabled passengers. This came after the airline was sued by a passenger who was charged £18.

Now who can beat the highly innovative minds of Pakistanis?? =)

Err..kOi Hum Saa Ho Tu Saamnay Aayay ;-)

2 Comments so far

  1. majad (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

    I’ve found that the airport is much better run now than it was before, although the wheelchair doesnt look comfortable at all.
    Before the sheer clamour and rush inside the airport used be dreaded by all – aside from the "charity" we had to give at customs.
    Lets hope the New Islamabad airport will be much better.

  2. Yasir Hussain (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

    If PIA can afford offices at posh localities of every big city in the world – New York, Paris, Istanbul to name a few – and maintain a remarkable crew strength of 287 per plane, they sure can afford a few dozen wheelchairs.

    Feels like people are not the priority here, again. *disgusted*

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