By Sarah Muscat
“In England, Newcastle International Airport was worst-hit”, stated SKY News. In mainland Europe, images of crowded German airports made me wonder how the stranded passengers felt. I remembered of a presentation by fellow classmates who reiterated the words of Italo Calvino and the sense of oppression he experienced upon arrival at Trude’s airport. The airport was presented as a non-place, a transience place where no one wants to stay!
Instead airports should be welcoming, flexible and responsive to people’s different needs.
This view is also advocated by CABE in a document entitled ‘Inclusion by Design – Equality, diversity and the built environment’. Access with dignity, treatment with respect, provision of relevant services and convenience in use; were other main criteria for an inclusive design, including airport design.
In case you are stuck in a ‘non-place’, there is still hope; the ash cloud is said to clear UK by weekend!