Once you arrive at your gate, notify staff of your accessibility requirements. Passengers with restricted mobility are normally invited to board the aircraft before other passengers.
Generally aircraft are accessed by a ‘jetty’ or ‘airbridge’. This is manoeuvred into place between the airport gate and aircraft. The jetty often has a slight slope. There is an area immediately outside the aircraft door with space where you can transfer between your wheelchair and the airport transfer chair if you are unable to move down the aisle. Bear in mind that your destination airport may not have the same boarding facilities so check with your airline.
Use a system like the Promove to help with transfers – come to tryb4ufly to try it out.
At this point your wheelchair will be taken to the hold.
An Ambilift (like this at London Gatwick or Stairlift like the AAT S max is in use at many UK and European Airports, and quite often used with smaller aircraft. Aircraft Stairclimbers are alternatives which can be deployed if required however your operator should inform you of their availability at your departure and arrival airports.
At some airports you will use an airport bus shuttle. This takes you to the aircraft on a remote stand. Steps lead from the runway up to the aircraft. At some airports an Ambilift is available. This is a vehicle which can lift a passenger up to the aircraft door. Check with your airline if this is available as not all airports will have this.