Birmingham Airport Taking Proactive Approach – COVID-19 Update

 

 

Important News and Updates – as of 3/31/2020

Airlines Update: 
Due to the frequently changing dynamics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the airlines have made schedule adjustments. Please contact your airline directly for flight status updates as schedule changes, delays and cancellations can often occur during this time.

American Airlines
1-800-535-5225

Delta Air Lines
1-800-221-1212

Southwest Airlines 
1-800-435-9792

United Airlines
1-800-241-6522

Concessions Update: Food & Beverage, Retail, and Rental Cars  
Due to the downturn in passenger traffic, some of the restaurants, retail stores, and rental car counters have temporarily closed or adjusted their operating hours for the time being. Food, drinks and travel essentials will continue to be available. Great American Bagel is open in the Concourse A/B Food Court. Hours of Operations: 4:30am – 5:00pm.

Valet Parking Update:
Valet parking service and operations have been suspended until further notice. Convenient self-parking options are available in the airport parking deck.

Airport Economy Lot: 
The airport economy lot will be temporarily closed until further notice. Patrons needing assistance with retrieving a vehicle may contact Airport Operations at 205-599-0519

 


 

A Message from the Birmingham Airport Authority 

The safety and security of the passengers and employees at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is a top priority. The Birmingham Airport Authority is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and staying in close contact with public health agencies to have the latest updates on the spread of the virus and any potential impacts to our area.

Like many airports around the country, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is experiencing a reduction in passenger traffic as the concerns about the coronavirus have increased. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is open and the airlines continue to operate.

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at BHM.  We take the health and safety of our passengers and employees seriously, so we are taking proactive measures and are in close communication with our employees, airline partners, and tenants to reduce the risk of the spread of illnesses and impacts to the operations of the airport.

What we’re doing to keep passengers and employees safe 

  • Cleaning and sanitation efforts continue around the clock throughout the terminal.
  • We are also working with a professional company to deep clean the terminal at night and be available to assist our staff with deeper cleanings as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will also be installed throughout the terminal for both passengers and employees to use.
  • The BHM economy lot shuttles are cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day.
  • Signage has been added in the terminal with information on how to reduce the spread of illness.

 

How you can stay healthy 

The Birmingham Airport Authority encourages travelers and employees to follow CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, which include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home when you are sick;
  • Avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • These are everyday habits which the CDC says can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

 

Helpful Resources

Airline Travel Updates – Coronavirus Information and Aircraft Cabin Cleaning Updates
Travelers are also encouraged to stay informed and check with their airline for any questions concerning upcoming travel plans and itineraries.

 

Transportation Security Administration Information 
TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces to be permitted in carry-on bags until further notice. Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.

Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels and aerosols brought to a checkpoint continue to be allowed at the limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters carried in a one quart-size bag.

 

For more information and updates on the COVID-19 virus, please refer to the links and messages below:

Following the state of emergency declarations by both Jefferson County and the City of Birmingham yesterday, the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency has activated a Joint Information Center to provide timely, coordinated and accurate information on the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic in our community.

To stay informed with up-to-date and timely information, the public can sign up for text alerts. Simply text “InfoJeffco” to 888-777, and citizens will be signed up to receive alerts on their phone. The City of Birmingham will continue to use text “BHMCOVID” to 888-777 for City specific updates (a Spanish language service is available by texting “BHMCOVID19” to 888-777).

Alabama Department of Health

Jefferson County Department of Health

Jefferson County EMA

Jefferson County

City of Birmingham 

United Way of Central Alabama

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Department of State