Edinburgh Airport has landed our prestigious Autism Friendly Award after it made changes to improve accessibility for autistic passengers.

Over the past few months, the airport has provided autism awareness sessions for staff, created quiet zones throughout the terminal, and produced guides to help autistic passengers prepare for their visit.

The award recognises the assistance measures put in place at the airport to improve the experience for people on the autism spectrum as well as their families or carers.

Jenny Paterson, Director of the National Autistic Society Scotland, was joined by seven year old autistic passenger Ryan Gibbon to present the award to Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of the airport.

Jenny said: “I am very impressed by the comprehensive approach the team at Edinburgh Airport has taken to improving access for autistic passengers. Visiting the airport can be a very stressful, and sometimes daunting experience for autistic people and their families – these changes will make a huge difference to their experience.

"The Airport is very deserving of our Autism Friendly Award and has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring autistic visitors receive the same warm welcome as everybody else”.

Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar said: “Airports can be extremely busy places and that can be quite daunting for people with additional needs, especially if they rely on a routine which a place like an airport can upset."

“We’ve looked at that and considered where we could make simple but effective changes to make the journey through Edinburgh Airport as easy as possible for those with autism and other additional needs."

“Our staff and partners have worked together to provide this service and this award is a clear indication of our commitment to make Edinburgh as accessible as possible for the 13 million passengers who use the airport every year.”