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. Airports across the county are committed to protecting passengers and airport workers and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about the steps airports are taking to protect health and safety as travel resumes following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. https://www.readyforeveryjourney.com/

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 8/4/2020

Face Coverings:
Passengers, guests, and employees should wear face coverings or masks in the airport by order of the State of Alabama Health Officer. Airlines are also requiring travelers to wear face coverings or masks.  Please check with your airline for travel questions.

Airlines / Flight Status:
Airlines at BHM continue to operate with reduced flight schedules that are gradually being restored as passenger demand increases. 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. For a list of nonstop destinations served by airlines at BHM, visit the Flight Information page.

The airlines have added plexiglass at the ticket counters and gate counters for extra protection. Floor markings are also in place in passenger queuing areas to help with the recommended six feet of physical distancing between passengers. Visit the links below for our airline partners’ COVID-19 updates:

 

Transportation Security Administration Information 
TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice.

Travelers are encouraged to wear masks or facial coverings during security screening. However, please remove the mask when you arrive at the checkpoint until the TSA officer has verified your identity.

Other changes and recommendations include placing items such as belts, wallets, keys and phones directly into carry-on bags instead of into the bins to reduce touch-points during the screening process.  Food items should be placed in a bin for separate screening. View TSA’s full list of procedure changes

Real ID deadline moved to October 2021
The Department of Homeland Security has pushed back the Real ID deadline to October 2021. https://www.tsa.gov/real-id

 

Concessions Update: Food & Beverage and Retail
The restaurants and retail stores have right sized their offerings to reflect the current level of passenger demand. Food, drinks and travel essentials will continue to be available.

Food & Beverage – What’s Open
Chick-fil-A is open in the Concourse A/B Food Court.  Beverage service is available at Jim ‘N Nicks. Vending machines are available on the lower level in baggage claim.

Retail – What’s Open
Ebony Newsstand (Concourse C), 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 available.

 

Rental Cars: 
Hours of operation 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 your rental car 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

 


 

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 experienced a reduction in passenger traffic as the concerns about the coronavirus increased. Passenger traffic is steadily retuning and gradually increasing each week. Passenger Statistics Report

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 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