Coronavirus Resources

By March 4, 2020 March 30th, 2020 COVID-19, Featured

Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Resources to the latest coronavirus information:

Friedman Memorial Airport Services & Updates:

as of 3-30-20:

Self-Isolation + Stay-at-Home Order:

In addition to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s self-isolation order for Blaine County and its incorporated cities, put forth last week Idaho Governor Brad Little, with guidance from state public health experts, issued a STATEWIDE stay-at-home order for all Idahoans on March 25, 2020.
With the number of COVID-19 cases in Idaho continuing to climb, the order directs all non-essential workers to remain at home, and for all non-essential businesses and services to close their physical locations. Essential businesses (as defined in the order) may remain open.

As Friedman Memorial Airport is considered essential infrastructure, neither the self-isolation order nor the statewide stay-at-home order, restricts air travel. The airport will remain open to support and facilitate the delivery of critical goods and services, including, but not limited to medevac operations and medical supplies. That being said, some airlines have chosen to cancel inbound and outbound flights.

The statewide stay-at-home order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 21 days. The Governor and State Public Health officials will evaluate whether to extend the order beyond 21 days.

Please click the links below to review the Blaine County self-isolation order as well as Governor Little’s stay-at-home order.

Airport Services:

  • 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 – Normal | Call atlantic to check for potential reduced hours)

Airline Flight Schedules – UPDATE 3/30/2020:

  • As of March 30, the airline flight schedule is now reduced to two flights a day on Delta Airlines between SUN and Salt Lake. The schedule continues to be subject to change. Please check with Delta Airlines and iflysun.com for up to date flight information.

Airport NOTAMs:

Airport Administration:

  • 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.

Airport Badging:

  • The airport badging office is closed and all airport badging has been suspended until further notice. 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.

Bussing + Diversion Services:

NOTICE: Enhanced Health & Safety Measures Being Implemented by Caldwell Transportation Company due to COVID-19

SUN DIVERSION BUSING PROGRAM TO END EARLY ON MARCH 31
Given the current environment SkyWest Airlines has decided to end the SUN winter diversion busing program on March 31, 2020 rather than April 15, 2020. This change will only affect Delta SLC flights since all other SUN flights will have ended prior to March 31. Delta will plan to fly into Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) from Salt Lake City (SLC) and if the conditions do not allow for landing at SUN, the plane will divert back to SLC rather than to Twin Falls (TWF). Passengers will be weather warned accordingly so they understand there will be no diverting to TWF and therefore, no busing transportation available. If the inbound flight is not able to land at SUN, the outbound flight from SUN will be cancelled and passengers will be rebooked on the next available flight.

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.

Proactive Measures:

The Friedman Memorial Airport has implemented the following proactive measures at the airport:
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the airport
  • Janitorial crews have increased the frequency of their cleaning of public use areas with cleaning products that are 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
Additionally, we are monitoring county, state and CDC resources for any new information as the situation evolves.

Travelers:

We urge travelers to follow local, state, and CDC guidance and take reasonable precautions to protect their health, and the health of the community.

The Q&A below will help address some common questions and concerns:

Q: I am concerned by news that coronavirus infections are spreading to countries around the world. Should I cancel my upcoming air travel?

A: Friedman Memorial Airport, is actively monitoring matters regarding the new coronavirus and its potential to impact air travel.

  • View CDC travel recommendations by country HERE
  • View CDC travel advisory HERE

Q: Should I wear a face mask to protect myself while traveling through Friedman Memorial Airport?

A: As of March 2nd, public health officials are not recommending that travelers wear face masks. It is important, however, that travelers maintain good personal hygiene throughout their travel. Wash hands regularly with soap and water (including the back of hands, under fingernails, etc.), keep hands away from your face, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer as needed. Importantly, travelers should avoid coughing or sneezing into their hands, using their elbows instead. And, it is always a good idea to travel with disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces such as armrests and seat-back trays aboard commercial aircraft.

Q: Where can I get the latest information on the coronavirus before I travel?

A: We encourage all travelers and Friedman Memorial Airport employees keep up with the latest information provided here  by the CDC. County-specific travel advisories can be found here.

For more information from Idaho Public Health on the coronavirus please click here. If you’re considering changing your flight or travel plans please contact your airline directly. Lastly, know that Friedman Memorial Airport will react accordingly. Wash your hands regularly, and take all precautions to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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