Coronavirus Updates and Resources
Resources to the latest coronavirus information:
Friedman Memorial Airport Services & Updates:
as of 6-2-20:
- Airport Airfield Operations – Normal
- Voluntary Noise abatement hours: 11pm to 7am
- For airfield related questions, contact on-duty Airport Operations at: 208-720-5186
- Atlantic Aviation (FBO Services – Reduced Hours from 6:00am to 6:00pm | After hour services are available to support Life Flight and other essential services upon request | Call Atlantic Aviation for additional information)
- Effective Monday, March 16, the airport administrative office is closed to the public until further notice. Please call 208-788-4956 before coming to the building. Full airport operations and ARFF capabilities will remain in place. All airport management staff will be available by email and phone.
- The airport badging office is closed and will reopen on June 15, 2020 with proactive measures and protocols. TSA has provided us an extension protocol for badge renewals for expired badges or badges set to expire over the next several weeks. Please contact Steve Guthrie, Airport Security Coordinator, for details.
Airline Flight Schedules for Summer & Fall of 2020:
Fly Sun Valley Alliance (FSVA), in partnership with Sun Valley Resort and the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), recently announced the SUN airline flight schedule for the 2020 summer and fall season which will maintain nonstop flights to five cities – Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City – with later start dates for seasonal flights and reduced schedules to all markets.
United Airlines will offer nonstop flights from Denver (DEN) starting on June 20-22, then daily from June 25 through September 7, nonstop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) 5 times a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from June 25 – September 7 and nonstop flights from San Francisco (SFO) two days a week, Saturday and Sunday, from July 11 through September 7.
Alaska Airlines will begin its Seattle service on June 25 and operate daily through September 7 and then continue with three flights per week, on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, through the fall months.
Delta Air Lines, which serves Sun Valley year-round, will offer one daily nonstop flight from Salt Lake City (SLC) throughout the summer with the possibility of additional service based on demand as the season progresses.
Changes to The Travel Experience:
With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. TSA has already begun implementation of these changes – with more to be implemented at airport checkpoints nationwide by mid-June.
Beginning May 4th, all Delta customers and employees will be required to wear a face mask, or appropriate face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel, aligning with best practice guidelines from the CDC. Passengers may be asked to momentarily lower their facial covering for identity verification purposes, or if screening equipment alarms. Additionally, TSA employees will wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints.
Face coverings will be required across all Delta touchpoints:
- Lobby Check-in
- Delta Sky Clubs
- Boarding Gate Areas
- Jet Bridges
- On board the aircraft for the duration of the flight – except during meal service
Usage is strongly encouraged in high-traffic areas, including security lines and restrooms. People unable to keep a face covering in place, including children, are exempt, along with those who have trouble wearing a mask due to an underlying medical condition.
In response to CDC guidelines regarding the use of face coverings, we are requiring guests to wear masks beginning May 11, 2020. Guests will be expected to bring their own masks and will be required to wear them throughout the airport and flight experience. Additional masks will be available for anyone who forgets one.
Alaska Airlines employees who are unable to keep six feet of social distance will wear masks beginning May 4, 2020, including pilots, flight attendants and customer service agents.
In response to our flight schedule reductions and the unprecedented drop in passenger traffic, Alaska Airlines has made the difficult decision to temporarily close most of our Alaska lounge locations.
In response to CDC social distancing guidelines, Alaska Airlines is temporarily reducing their onboard service levels. As a result, they will be offering limited food and beverage options. These reductions can vary based on flight length and destination, and may evolve as Alaska Airlines receives additional updates from the CDC.
United Airlines is asking customers to self-scan boarding passes at their gate readers. Additionally, their aircraft are cleaned at a variety of touchpoints throughout the day. The cleaning procedure for flights includes a thorough wipe down using an effective, high-grade disinfectant and multi-purpose cleaning of lavatories, galleys, tray tables, seatback screens, seat belts, window shades and armrests.
State-of-the-art circulation systems — All United mainline aircraft use a high-efficiency (HEPA) filter (like those found in hospitals) to circulate the air and removes up to 99.7% of airborne particles.
Equipping employees to maintain clean environments — United is working to provide sanitizer and other supplies to employees to deliver a safe travel experience.
Essential Transportation Service:
Taxis and other private ride-share companies may operate as authorized by https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
Parking Booth update:
Effective March 19, 2020, The Car Park will no longer be staffing the parking booth at Friedman Memorial Airport. Airport parking will still be available, but customers will need to use the automated pay stations using credit cards and remote monitoring.
The Friedman Memorial Airport has implemented the following proactive measures at the airport:
- There is reduced public access to the terminal area
- Social distancing signage is posted on doors and throughout the terminal
- Furniture throughout the terminal has been reorganized for optimal social distancing
- Sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the terminal
- Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the airport
- Janitorial crews have increased the frequency of their cleaning of public use areas with electrostatic spray that is effective against the virus
- Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been posted around the terminal (in both English and Spanish), highlighting facts, symptoms and personal hygiene best practices as they relate to the virus
- Guidance from local healthcare professionals and the local hospital has been provided to all airport tenants, including airlines and TSA, with instructions on how to respond if someone is ill or feels they may have been exposed to the virus