Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and its passenger assistance partner ABM have opened a sensory space in the UK hub’s departure lounge  

The sensory space cost over £35,000 to develop and offers a calming, therapeutic and relaxing space for children and adults with autism and other special needs and has been created in partnership with local community business Autism Adventures and Alder Hey Hospital, with their specialist advice helping to create a space that caters for families living with autism. 

The development of a sensory space at the airport forms part of work carried out in partnership with a host of disability organisations that provide advice and support, including many that specialise in hidden disabilities. The airport also works closely with its passenger assistance provider ABM to make the journey through the airport as pleasant and relaxed as possible for passengers requiring assistance, whatever their needs. 

LJLA has been rated as offering ‘Very Good’ service (the highest level) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in its latest report on airport services across the UK for disabled and less mobile passengers. 

The sensory space is wheelchair accessible and can be booked between 0800 to 1800 daily. 

Paul Staples, operations director for LJLA , commented, “We know that heading off on holiday and being able to enjoy the journey can be challenging for some of our passengers, particularly families with someone who has a sensory or cognitive impairment. 

This is a great facility and we would like to thank Autism Adventures and Alder Hey Hospital for all their help and advice in creating this space, which we’re confident will make a difference.” 

By working with a host of disability organisations, we have continued the work we have been doing to enable passengers with a wide range of disabilities to take advantage of flying from Liverpool.” 

ABM and LJLA  developed the space together
ABM and LJLA  developed the space together Liverpool John Lennon Airport