30/01/2004

Ryanair to appeal wheelchair fee case

A disabled man forced to pay for the use of a wheelchair at Stansted airport has succeeded in a court case taken against Ryanair.

Mr Bob Ross, who suffers from cerebral palsy and arthritis and finds walking painful, contended that he had been discriminated against when he was charged £18 because of his inability to walk to the check-in desk.

Finding in favour of the community worker from Islington in north London, the judge found that Ryanair had acted unlawfully by not providing a free wheelchair.

The Disability Rights Commission took the action against Ryanair on behalf of Mr Ross.

Ryanair have said that they will appeal the ruling.

(SP)

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