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COVID-19 Update

January 21, 2021

The President of the United States has signed an Executive Order mandating masks on planes and at airports.

January 14, 2021

American Airlines issues guidance on new government requirement that all passengers two years of age and older traveling to the United States from any international location to test negative for COVID-19 within three calendar days of departure: click here.

January 13, 2021

International air travelers will soon have to test negative for COVID-19 BEFORE entering the United States. The requirement goes into affect January 26.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says "airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger."

Here's a link to the CDC announcement.

This news story from USA Today has useful information.

 
 

Chances are you don’t have an urge to fly. That’s understandable. But if you do need to fly, you should know that airports are open and airlines are flying. And yes, both are doing everything they can to make air travel as safe and clean as possible.

GETTING THERE

When it comes to non-top destinations, our airport has fared well during the pandemic. The airlines have maintained non-stop service from Springfield to 12 destinations, with the exception of Houston, which has been suspended.

Bottom line: it’s easy to fly within the continental United States. Travel to Hawaii, Alaska, and most foreign countries is trickier due to travel restrictions and fewer overseas flights. Do your research before buying tickets.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AIRPORT

The most noticeable change at our airport: smaller crowds. Passenger numbers at Springfield are down about 50% compared to this time last year. And planes have more empty seats. But the most important changes begin at the terminal’s front door …

Everyone entering the terminal must wear a mask. Additionally, all airlines require masks on-board the airplane. No mask, no fly.

Inside the terminal custodians are busy cleaning surfaces that people touch: counter tops, doors handles, rest rooms. Furniture is wiped down several times a day. Hand sanitizing stations are located at strategic locations throughout terminal.

At the security check point TSA staff wear masks, rubber gloves, and face shields. Gray bins are cleaned after every use.

Counters have sneeze guards. Social distance stickers mark the floor. Airlines deep clean aircraft every day.

At times, our terminal smells hospital clean. This effort is not unique to Springfield — it’s going on at airports across the country.

All of us look forward to welcoming you back — when you’re ready.

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