Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has teamed up with WHILL, the personal transportation solutions company, to provide improved mobility for passengers at the airport.

The new service enables passengers to use a WHILL Model C2 power chair to navigate the terminal themselves, including visiting restaurants, shops, and restrooms before heading to their gate. Traditionally, passengers with mobility limitations would be pushed in a wheelchair by airport staff. 

WHILL C2 power chair

The power chairs at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport are free to use and are provided at the Mobility Services counter on the Departure Level. To reserve a chair, passengers are asked to advise the airline of the need for wheelchair assistance when booking flights or go directly to the airline's check-in counter on the day of departure. Passengers can then explore the airport with freedom and confidence using the WHILL Model C2's easy-to-use controls. Four power chairs are currently available.

“We firmly believe services like this represent the future of personal transportation within airports,” said Justin Gagnon, VP of sales for WHILL North America. “Not only do the power chairs save time and energy for the airlines – which is great – but they also make life easier for passengers with reduced mobility by allowing them to navigate the airport independently. It's a win-win.”

Images: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport