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In accordance with the guidelines outlined by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, in the March 20, 2020, Order to Self-Isolate, and the Governor’s order on March 25, 2020, and the local City of Hailey and Blaine County Ordinances of March 26 and 27, the Friedman Memorial Airport, as part of the national transportation system, will remain operational as part of the community’s essential infrastructure.
A functioning essential infrastructure is critical to the safety and well-being of our community. Along with law enforcement, first responders, hospitals, healthcare workers and others, the airport has a special responsibility to stay open in times of emergency to support essential response efforts such as medevac, incoming cargo, safety, PPE materials, food, and supplies, as well as supporting the travel of the traveling public and essential government business.
Passengers are not being subjected to health-related screening at the Friedman Memorial Airport. However, the federal government has implemented health-related screening at 13 airports throughout the country including LAX, ORD, SEA, and SFO, for passengers returning to the United States from international travel. We are working closely with our stakeholders including the airlines, TSA, local elected officials, and healthcare experts, as the situation continues to develop.
Following the direction of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) public access to the airport administrative office will be limited to essential airport staff only, effective March 17, 2020. That doesn’t mean airport services are not available. Airport Operations will still be available by phone and email as needed:
On Duty Airport Operations:
The airport concession will be available based on flight loads and demand.
Airport janitorial crews have stepped-up our already high standards for cleanliness in the passenger terminal, particularly in our passenger gate area and restrooms, increasing the frequency and intensity of efforts with proper cleaning agents to reduce the presence of germs. You’ll also find access to free hand sanitizers throughout the facility. TSA has also implemented additional cleaning procedures of the checkpoint area in between flights including cleaning of bins and other equipment.
However, the process is not complete without your help. We need you, our airport community, to rise to the challenge with us by following straightforward steps recommended by the CDC:
- Avoid contact with others who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Also, if you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact a healthcare professional and follow the CDC’s guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days.
RUMOR: Private jets are packing the aircraft parking ramps and inbound flights are full with people coming to the valley to escape the big cities.
The winter air service schedule formally ended on March 29. As of March 30, the airline flight schedule is now reduced to two flights a day on Delta Airlines between SUN and Salt Lake, but the schedule continues to be subject to change. Prior to the official end of the winter air service schedule, flight loads drastically decreased from mid-March on. In fact, some airlines flights flew into and out of SUN with only 0-5 passengers at times.
As far as general aviation and private aircraft activity is concerned, that activity has sharply decreased as well. And, no, private jets are not packing the ramps at the airport. The norm is one or two aircraft parked on the ramps, if that. If you drive by the airport on Highway 75, you can see for yourself.
ESSENTIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Essential Transportation Service:
Taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services may only operate provided they are providing transportation exclusively for necessary Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in Blaine County Ordinance 2020-01 are considered essential businesses. Notwithstanding the foregoing, airport operations and aeronautical services are authorized to the extent permitted by applicable Federal Law.