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FACT: There are no plans to close the airport. The FAA does not permit the airport, as part of the national airport system and one that receives federal funding, to close to air traffic without specific direction from the FAA. The FMAA does not have the authority, on its own, to close the airport to air traffic (except for temporary operational necessity like construction, an aircraft accident, or snow removal, or other operational reasons).
“AIR SERVICE REDUCTIONS FOR REMAINDER OF MARCH PLANNED AT SUN”
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago flights canceled
A significant reduction in flights to/from Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Sun Valley, including cancellations of nonstop flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, is planned for the remainder of March announced Fly Sun Valley Alliance and airport officials. The decision was made in conjunction with airlines and community air partners due to Coronavirus COVID-19 concerns which prompted a deep drop in travel demand and early closure of the Sun Valley ski resort. Most seasonal nonstop flights at SUN were originally scheduled to operate through March 29.
The daily United Airlines flights to San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), and Saturday Chicago (ORD) flight will be canceled for the period of March 21-29. Denver (DEN) flights will continue to operate through March 29 as originally scheduled in order to help accommodate passengers displaced from the canceled flights. United will notify passengers booked on the canceled flights and assist in re-accommodating them.
Delta Air Lines will operate three daily flights to Salt Lake City (SLC) through March 29 and will maintain the planned two daily flight schedule for the spring season, March 30 – June 7, 2020. Alaska Airlines daily service to Seattle (SEA) is currently scheduled to end March 29 and restart on May 21.
The situation remains fluid and airlines may make additional changes as warranted, officials noted.
If you have concerns about your flight, please contact your airline directly:
Hearing and Speech Impaired call 800-252-7522 available 24/7.
TTY help is available. Dial 711 for relay services. Accessible services help: 800-503-0101
Alaska’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory: https://www.alaskaair.com/content/advisories/travel-advisories
Hearing and Speech Impaired (TDD/TTY): 800-831-4488
Delta’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory: https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/current-advisories
Hearing and Speech Impaired (TDD/TTY) 800-323-0170
United’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html
FACT: 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.
FACT: 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 in the passenger gate area remains open at this time.
FACT: 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
Fact: The airport has seen a drastic decrease in activity for both airlines and private flights over the past few weeks. In fact, some airlines flights have flown into and out of SUN with only 0-5 passengers. 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. Only one or two airplanes have been parked on the ramps the past several days. If you drive by the airport on Highway 75, you can see for yourself.