Birmingham Airport Taking Proactive Approach – COVID-19 Update

 

As part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, the airport remains open and operational as an essential service. Airports are a vital resource for the country, providing service for those who need to travel, the military, and for the shipment of cargo.

The health and safety of our passengers, visitors, and staff continues to be our top priority. We are doing our part to keep the airport clean to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Important News and Updates – as of 6/4/2020

The City of Birmingham and Jefferson County have implemented curfews from 7:00pm to 6:00am, however, the airport remains open and operational. Passengers and employees are allowed to come to and from the airport during curfew hours.

Face Coverings:
The city’s face covering ordinance has been extended to Friday, June 12th. Passengers, guests, and employees should wear facial coverings in the airport. Airlines are also requiring travelers to wear face masks.  Please check with your airline for travel questions.

 

Airlines / Flight Status:
Airline flight reductions are occurring at airports across the country as fewer people are flying due to COVID-19. Nationally, the number of people flying is down approximately 90 percent compared to this time last year. BHM is seeing the same trend in reductions. Some nonstop flights from Birmingham before COVID-19 are now one-stop flights as the airlines adjust their schedules. Airline schedules are fluid and subject to change. Because of this, passengers should contact their airline directly about any changes and developments to their schedule. Airlines rather than the airport handle all aspects of ticketing and scheduling.

 

Concessions Update: Food & Beverage and Retail
Due to the downturn in passenger traffic, some of the restaurants and retail stores have temporarily closed or adjusted their operating hours for the time being. Food, drinks and travel essentials will continue to be available.

Food & Beverage – What’s Open

Great American Bagel is open in the Concourse A/B Food Court. Hours of Operations: 4:30am – 5:00pm. This is the only restaurant open at this time. Vending machines are available on the lower level in baggage claim.

Retail – What’s Open

Hudson News Vulcan Store (Concourse B) and Hudson News Alabama Theater Store (Concourse A/B Food Court) are open for passengers. Self-service retail vending kiosks (Best Buy, Benefit Makeup, Fuel Rod) are still available.

Rental Cars: 
During COVID-19, hours may be adjusted based on daily flight operations. Counters may open late and close early. If you have a reservation and expect your arriving flight to be delayed, please contact the company ahead of time: https://www.flybirmingham.com/flying-in/ground-transportation/rental-cars/

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

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.

You may wear masks or facial coverings over your nose and mouth during security screening. However, please remove the mask when you arrive at the checkpoint until the TSA officer has verified your identity.

Real ID deadline moved to October 2021
The Department of Homeland Security has pushed the Real ID deadline by 1 year to October 2021. Learn more here: https://www.tsa.gov/real-id

 


 

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 the airport is doing to keep passengers and employees safe 

  • Cleaning and sanitation efforts continue around the clock throughout the terminal making sure high “touch-point” areas such as handrails and elevator buttons are cleansed properly.
  • Deep cleanings and sanitation of the terminal occur each night with a professional cleaning company on call to be available to assist our staff with deeper cleanings as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are installed throughout the terminal for both passengers and employees to use.
  • Signage has been added in the terminal with information on how to reduce the spread of illness.
  • The BHM economy lot shuttles are no longer running due to the lot being temporarily closed but were cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day prior to the closure.

 

What the airlines are doing to keep you safe

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.

 

What you can do to 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.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others;
  • Wearing a face covering when you’re interacting with other people in public.

 

 

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

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