Traveling by plane is one of the safest and fastest ways to get to your destination. But crowded airports, long waits at security checkpoints and baggage restrictions can make flying challenging when you have a disability. When traveling with a disabled child, begin with ensuring the basics are covered and that means choosing the airport and airline that best fits your needs.
Airports Near Us
Gainesville Regional Airport is located on the northeast side of Gainesville. It is five miles from the heart of downtown and 15 minutes away from the University of Florida and UF Health (Shands Hospital), making it extremely convenient to fly in and out of. With GNV being a smaller airport, getting through security to your gate is quicker than normal. It currently only offers flights from Delta and American Airlines.
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is located in Northeast Florida. JAX is the region’s airport for business and leisure travelers. The airport is conveniently located near many of the city’s business districts as well as vacation destinations such as Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra. JAX offers flights from eight major airlines and is only ninety minutes from the University of Florida and UF Health.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a major public airport located six miles southeast of Downtown Orlando. The airport is a major international gateway for the mid-Florida region, with over 850 daily flights. The airport serves 135 domestic and international destinations. MCO offers flights from thirty eight major airlines and is only two hours from the University of Florida and UF Health.
Tampa International Airport (TPA) is an international airport six miles west of Downtown Tampa. The airport presently serves 93 non-stop destinations throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe. TPA offers flights from twenty major airlines, four regional airlines, and three air cargo carriers and is only two hours from the University of Florida and UF Health.
Patient voted best airline for passengers with disabilities: Delta Airlines
They believe travel is for everyone making it their priority to deliver the best service and ensure accessibility for all their customers.
You are able to utilize your personal wheelchair or one of their many wheelchair services when traveling with Delta. You can pre-book Delta-provided wheelchair services by calling 404-209-3434. To utilize your own personal wheelchair, they transport all types of personal wheelchairs, including manual and battery-powered wheelchairs, carts, scooters, any accompanying prosthetic devices and other assistive devices used to manage a disability. They do have a few tips on how to simplify travel with your personal wheelchair, here.