Thank you for this link and news. Another article below said that a passenger ended up in hospital after falling down the stairs. This does not surprise me unfortunately.
When I arrived and departed HBA for the first time last year I already knew there were no aerobridges in place. The stairs on two occasions were slippery because of the rain, or the showery drizzle, which can be more treacherous, especially at night. When we disembarked the 747 last November, there was a canopy over the steep stair, and it was dark - and drizzling.
I recall it being slippery. I had a close call of nearly slipping down at the top, taking about three other people with me, who were much older and less mobile than me. What a disastrous end to a memorable trip that would have been. I am sure some other pax would have been very nervous about the disembarkation even in the first instance. Mine was coupled with excitement which was working against me here.
Catering for around 360 pax who had been on a plane for twelve hours, many whom were tired, had consumed some alcohol and needed to adjust their balance to solid ground once again, it was not ideal. For the record, I did enquire about further 747 flights to HBA as there are none scheduled this year, and the reply was, not for the foreseeable future. This has more to do with the runway I understand it than comfort and accessibility of the pax though.
Excerpt from the above mentioned article:
“The graduating slope means wheelchair and walking-frame users are able to navigate the ramps reducing and, in some cases, eliminating the need to use the lift," he said. “It also allows passengers to wheel carry-on luggage on and off the plane, making the passenger journey to and from the aircraft easier for all travellers."
The airport boss confirmed the ramps will only be used for embark and disembark at the front of aircrafts - those loading/unloading from the back will still need to use stairs. A passenger was hospitalised in March, when he fell down a set of access stairs - amplifying the need for more safety.
The ramps are expected to have arrived and be in operation in time for the summer season. It's raised questions about whether aero-bridges will be used at Hobart Airport, something that has been flagged as a possibility as it pushes for international flights.
These ramps will also have canopies so will provide weather protection. They're a more viable option than the aero-bridges."
Source: https://www.tastalks.com.au/newsroom/ta ... buys-ramps
DPO has had one ramp for the Q400 for a few years now - it is the best thing ever! It just fits perfectly with this airport and its flight ops IMHO.