Travel Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 12, 2020
Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines and American Airlines require passengers to wear face coverings in terminal building areas and on flights. Allegiant Air will be providing Personal Health and Safety Kits to passengers as they board their airplane. The kits contain a single-use face mask, a pair of disposable non-latex gloves and cleaning wipes.

Effective June 1, 2020, Frontier Airlines will implement temperature screenings for all passengers and team members.

May 1, 2020
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will begin requiring passengers to wear face coverings in terminal building areas and on flights beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. Frontier Airlines will implement this requirement on May 8, 2020, and American Airlines will begin on May 11, 2020.

April 30, 2020
McGhee Tyson Airport is open and operating flights that support our nation’s critical functions such as essential travel, supply delivery, and cargo operations. We are continuing to sanitize the airport using a variety of cleaning methods, with emphasis taken in restrooms and high traffic areas. We are committed to providing current travel information and airport operational updates when they become available.

April 8, 2020
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has had a major impact on flights into and out of McGhee Tyson Airport since mid-March. Our staff has been in constant communication with the airlines that serve our market in an effort to support their operations and to determine daily flight estimations for April 2020. As of today, we anticipate that the number of scheduled flights from McGhee Tyson Airport in April will be down 50% and that passenger numbers will be down 85%. We also anticipate that we will see flight cancellations each day. We are open and will continue to provide flights that support our nation’s critical functions such as essential travel, medical transportation, supply delivery, and cargo operations.

March 27, 2020
In compliance with Governor Bill Lee’s executive order to suspend in-person dining and due to low customer demand, airport concessionaires are offering carry-out food only, with a limited menu. They have reduced their hours of operation or closed temporarily. Food concessions are available each day from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., with snack options available at the gift shop until 8 p.m. Please follow social distancing guidelines while waiting to pick up orders.

March 17, 2020
McGhee Tyson Airport is continuing their enhanced cleaning and sterilization measures throughout the terminal. Airport staff is working with state and local health departments as well as airport tenants to remain up to date on the latest COVID-19 information.  If you have any questions about your flight, it is strongly encouraged that you visit your airline’s website.

· Allegiant Air: www.allegiantair.com/travel-alerts
· American Airlines: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp
· Delta Air Lines: https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/other-alerts/coronavirus-travel-updates
· Frontier Airlines: https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/
· United Airlines:  https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html

March 12,2020
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has notified McGhee Tyson Airport that a passenger flying into the airport was exposed to the COVID-19 coronavirus while overseas. The person has been in isolation since they returned to the area and has not required hospitalization. Per standard public health protocols for infectious disease response, KCHD epidemiologists are working with the Tennessee Department of Health and following CDC guidance to contact and monitor anyone who may have been exposed to this isolated case. More information is available at https://knoxcounty.org/health/coronavirus/.  

The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority will continue to work closely with the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The airport will continue to comply with CDC prevention guidelines and has taken the following measures to supplement our established cold and flu season cleaning efforts:

  • Restrooms are cleaned hourly with multipurpose cleaner, degreaser and sanitizer.
  • No contact vapor sterilizers are used daily with hospital grade disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitizer is in all airport restrooms.
  • We have increased cleaning of highly used areas of the terminal building where passengers and guests congregate.
  • Airport employees and tenants have received the CDC’s prevention guidelines. A copy of these guidelines can be found on the CDC’s website.

The airlines that serve McGhee Tyson Airport have issued travel alerts pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you have a reservation question, please visit your airline’s website for specific instructions.

The best precautions you can take are simple, but they are important and effective:

 *   Wash your hands regularly
 *   Stay home if you are sick
 *   Avoid contact with those who are sick
 *   Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze/cough
 *   Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
 *   Get a flu shot if you haven’t already

The health and safety of our passengers, guests and employees is our top priority. Travelers are encouraged to visit any of the following websites for more information:

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