July 22, 2020
Updated as needed
All terminal visitors and employees are required to wear face covers, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and now mandated by Springfield City Council.
WHAT TO KNOW IF YOU’RE FLYING TO SPRINGFIELD
If you’re arriving here, from places where COVID-19 is widespread, you are urged to self-quarantine for two weeks.
STATUS OF CARGO AND GENERAL AVIATION
Cargo flights are running normally.
"General aviation" (GA) refers to privately owned aircraft, i.e., single engine airplanes, corporate jets, air ambulances, etc.
The GA terminal is open; all GA ground services are available.
American, Delta, and United airlines now require customers to wear face masks while onboard the airplane.
- Overall, airlines have reduced Springfield flight schedules by about 65 percent. Additionally, they’re making day of departure cancellations in an effort to consolidate passengers onto fewer flights instead of operating full flight schedules with few people on board.
If you must fly we recommend checking your fight’s status often. The very best way to do that is to sign up for text alerts from your airline. Airline contact information can be found here.
AIRLINE SECURITY CHECKPOINT STATUS
The security checkpoint is open.
The Department of Homeland Security has officially announced that the deadline for having a REAL ID has been pushed back from October 1 of this year, to October 1, 2021.
On another topic, TSA says that until further notice, "passengers may bring liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 oz in their carry-on bags. Allow time for these larger containers to be screened separately. Other liquids, gels and aerosols are still limited to 3.4 oz."
TSA staff is routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and security screening equipment at the security checkpoint. TSA staff are encouraged to wash their hands after cleaning and after removing their gloves.
TSA is also taking additional efforts to clean bins, but most importantly, travelers are encouraged to follow Center for Disease Control guidelines and wash their hands before and after completing the security screening process. Travelers should place personal items such as wallets, keys or phone in their carry-on property to be screened through the X-ray system.
AIRLINE TERMINAL STATUS
Both restaurants (before and after the security checkpoint) are open with reduced seating and staff. Vending machines are available both before and after the security checkpoint. The coffee shop is closed.
The gift store past security is open, but with reduced hours.
Here’s a list of things the airport community is doing for our customers:
· Deep cleaning all the time (at times we smell hospital clean).
· Hand sanitizing stations at strategic locations throughout terminal.
· Sneeze guards on airline and rental car counters.
· Social distancing messages on video screens and public address system.
· TSA staff wearing masks at security checkpoint and cleaning gray bins after every use.
· Most airlines requiring passengers to wear face masks on aircraft.
· Gift store has face masks for sale (in case you forgot to bring one).
· Restaurant workers have their temperature taken every day; wearing masks at all times; continually cleaning counters.
Thank you, and remember — if you must fly, be safe!