Gatwick opens Changing Places toilets

Two new airside Changing Places toilets have been officially opened at Gatwick Airport.

Julie Clough and her mother Margaret Clough, campaigners for Changing Places, opened the facilities on 6 September. Changing Places toilets cater for people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and other people with severe disabilities who require the support of at least one carer.

Head of Airport Communications at Gatwick, Lindsay Baldwin, said “London Gatwick is Europe’s leading airport for point-to-point flights and has the busiest single-use runway. Over 33.6million passengers use Gatwick each year; 1 in 6 of Europe’s population is disabled, so it is vital we provide appropriate facilities, in all ways.

“Margaret made us aware of the worth of a Changing Places toilet, beyond our conventional accessible toilets, and we judged it a valuable addition, to make people’s experience of London Gatwick as enjoyable as possible.”

Margaret Clough said: “We’re so pleased that Gatwick has taken the decision to install a Changing Places toilet. This demonstrates their commitment towards creating a safe and easy way for carers and those with disabilities to travel freely through the airport.

“This new changing facility will make a huge difference to Julie and other families who need additional support when flying out from the airport.”

The Changing Places campaign is run by the Changing Places Consortium and sponsored by Total Hygiene.