Infrequent Flyers

Air travel is accessible to many people including those who live with dementia.  The need to cater for people with dementia travelling by airplane is likely to be of increasing urgency with the projected increase in the number of people living with dementia in Australia approaching 900,000 by 2050.  Therefore the aim of this study was to investigate this topic from multiple perspectives and identify facilitators and barriers to safe, comfortable air travel; identify the training and preparedness of airport staff and flight crew and determine if there are any unmet needs of people with dementia when travelling by air. 

Airport User Guide

This guide is for people living with dementia and their travel companions.

It aims to help make air travel as simple and enjoyable as possible – from planning and getting to the airport, through to the departure gate and returning safely home again.


No Stopping happy wanderers
The Senior News
August 2017


Gate open for dementia-friendly travel
INsite magazine NZ.
22 June 2017


World's first dementia-friendly airport named in Australia. 
XINHUANET, China. 21 June 2017

Brisbane Airport named Australia’s first dementia-friendly airport at guide launch. QUT news. 20 June 2017 

Dementia-Friendly Takes-Off at Brisbane Airport
Alzheimer's Australia 20 June 2017

Making air travel easier for people with dementia
Featured in the Aug/Sep 16 issue of the Australian Journal of Dementia Care


Participant Newsletter
- August 2016

 Infrequent Flyers Report

The research described in this report marks a beginning exploration into the issue of air travel and dementia from the perspective of people with dementia, their travel companion, airline staff and airport services.