BHM Info and Updates
Plan ahead. Pack smart. Arrive at least 90 minutes early.
Your next journey may look a little different, but you can still expect an easy, convenient and safe experience at BHM. It’s time to fly, Birmingham. Let’s Go!
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is committed to protecting passengers and airport workers and limiting the spread of COVID-19. 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 provide a safe environment for travel. When you are ready to travel, we are ready for you. Click here for a graphic of recent changes.
What BHM is doing to keep passengers and employees safe:
- Around-the-clock cleaning and sanitation throughout the terminal with EPA-approved cleaning solutions making sure high “touch-point” areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, and seating areas are properly cleansed.
- Deep cleanings and sanitation of the terminal occur each night with electrostatic spray technology. A professional cleaning company is also 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.
- Signage has been added in the terminal with information on how to reduce the spread of illness.
- Acrylic shields have been installed at all public counters.
- Social distancing floor markers have been installed in passenger queuing areas.
What travelers can do to travel safely + helpful tips to remember:
- Wear a face covering.
- Maintain distance from others when possible.
- Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer.
- Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to the scheduled flight departure.
- Know your airline’s travel requirements before coming to the airport as guidelines can vary by airline.
- Use technology whenever possible to reduce touchpoints such as mobile-boarding and paying with your smart phone.
- Be familiar with TSA’s new procedures such as scanning your own boarding pass, placing food in a separate bin, and placing items from your pockets directly into your carry-on bag to reduce touchpoints.
Important News and Updates – as of July 2021
Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in and on the airport and failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in or on the airport is a violation of federal law; individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law.
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 implemented significant operational changes to keep passengers and airline workers safe.
- American Airlines Clean Commitment
- Delta Air Lines CareStandard
- Southwest Promise
- United Airlines CleanPlus
TSA is allowing passengers to bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in carry-on bags until further notice. 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.
Travelers should expect to:
- Keep possession of their boarding passes.
- Separate food for X-ray screening.
- Pack smart.
- Practice social distancing.
- Wear facial protection.
Real ID deadline moved to May 3, 2023
The Department of Homeland Security has pushed back the Real ID deadline to May 2023. https://www.dhs.gov/real-id
- Convenient self-parking options are available in the airport parking deck.
- The airport economy lot is temporarily closed.
- Valet parking service and operations are suspended until further notice.
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. Hours of operation may vary and are subject to change based on passenger traffic volumes.
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/
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 returning and gradually increasing each week. Travelers should arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure. Passenger Statistics Report
For more information and updates on the COVID-19 virus, please refer to the links below:
Alabama Department of Health
Jefferson County Department of Health
Jefferson County EMA
City of Birmingham
United Way of Central Alabama
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
U.S. Department of State