Albury Airport supports children with autism

01 April 2016

Albury Airport will hold a special session to assist local children with autism to become more comfortable with planes and travelling.

The "Airport Getaway" will be held on Sunday (3 April) from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said families will have the opportunity to experience all the things you need to do to travel on a plane, from packing a bag to entering the airport, getting a boarding pass, going through security screening and getting on and off the plane.

"This is about alleviating some of the stress that families who have a child with autism can experience when travelling by air," Cr van de Ven said.

"I commend staff from the airport, local airlines and security for volunteering their time to help these children become a bit more comfortable with planes and travel."

Albury Airport Team Leader David Costello said the whole air travel experience could be very overwhelming for children with autism, preventing many families from flying or holidaying far from home.

"We want to take some of the fear and uncertainty away by simulating everything involved in air travel. We'll cover-off on all aspects of flying, the only thing we won't do is take-off," Mr Costello said.

Albury Airport has been working closely with Aspect Riverina to ensure as many children as possible are involved in Sunday's session.

Families wishing to attend need to register by calling 02 6043 5865, and remember to bring a small bag for their child to check-in and retrieve as part of the process.

Saturday 2 April is World Autism Awareness Day.