Belfast International Airport has implemented new measures to assist disabled passengers in accordance with EU legislation, it has been reported.
A number of new services for passengers with disabilities and reduced mobility have been introduced ahead of the legislation which states that airport operators are now responsible for providing all ground services for disabled flyers.
Belfast International Airport has struck a deal with business support organisation Interserve to help carry out the changes which will improve passenger facilities for millions of holidaymakers.
Operations manager Rod Haskins said: "After a six-month tender process we awarded Interserve the contract to manage services at Belfast and they successfully took over at the beginning of June, two months ahead of the EU legislation deadline."
The initiative will also apply to people with reduced mobility, such as a person with a broken leg, and is set to help up to 15m travellers.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, around 5.3 million passengers travelled through Belfast International Airport in 2007.