Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) announced new measures aimed at protecting travelers amid the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after passenger traffic has gradually increased over the last few weeks and positive coronavirus cases continue to rise in Texas. Passenger traffic is still significantly lower than is typical for this time of year.
“Our staff is busy working with our partners and across divisions to ensure a safe and healthy passenger experience for customers,” said Jacqueline Yaft, Chief Executive Officer of ABIA.
The airport has already enhanced cleaning practices and installed signage to promote adherence to public health guidance. Other changes passengers will notice include:
• New signage throughout the terminal to encourage physical distancing.
• New digital signage in gate areas and visitors center to encourage physical distancing, face coverings and good hygiene.
• Additional hand sanitizing stations.
• Visual aids for physical distancing in the terminal, garages and other facilities.
• Overhead announcements promoting adherence to public health best practices, such as wearing a face covering, physical distancing and other CDC-recommended protocols.
• Protective Plexiglass barriers in common areas including ticket counters and gate counters.
• Additional cleaning throughout the terminal, including TSA security checkpoints, the Customs & Border Protection Federal Inspection Services (FIS) area, and hold room areas. Restrooms will be cleaned every 90 minutes and deep-cleaned overnight.
• An on-call disinfectant team for decontamination, deep cleaning and other protocols when necessary.
• Temporary closure of the Economy Lot to mitigate the crowded nature of parking shuttles. Parking rates in the Blue and Red Garages have been discounted so passengers can safely park near the Barbara Jordan Terminal and walk a short distance to it.