Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page is updated with the most current information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) takes health concerns seriously and follows the guidance provided by public health officials at the federal, state, and local levels. SDF remains open and operational for commercial passenger air service.

It’s important to note that there are no international commercial passenger flights at this time at SDF. The 33 nonstop destinations served from Louisville are only to domestic markets within the United States. For a list of nonstop destinations, please click here.

Jerry E. Abramson Terminal Cleaning

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport follows the guidance by public health experts at the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Louisville Metro Public Health Department. In addition, the airport:

  • SDF continues to implement its 24-hour, 365-day cleaning protocol that complies with CDC guidelines.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, since mid-February the airport has increased our use of disinfectant and cleaning in high-touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, escalators, and restroom doors.
  • Airline gate areas are cleaned routinely multiple times throughout the day.
  • Increasing the number of hand sanitizing stations in the Jerry E. Abramson Terminal for passengers’ convenience.
  • Coordinating with our airline and business partners to closely monitor any change in the status of our region’s health to ensure awareness of interagency protocols for handling infectious diseases.

All airlines have established protocols for employee practices, disease identification and cleaning of aircraft after each flight. These programs include an enhanced cleaning process if symptomatic passengers are identified during or immediately after a flight.

How You Can Help to Stay Healthy

Public health officials recommend good personal hygiene and frequent hand washing as the best way to prevent illness.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • While not protective against COVID-19, public health officials also recommend the influenza vaccine. It’s not too late to get an influenza vaccine as flu season can last into the Spring.
  • If you are traveling overseas, follow the CDC’s guidance including the use of hand sanitizer and/or anti-bacterial wipes.

Additional Information

  • The CDC began enhanced screening at 11 airports for international commercial passenger flights with quarantine stations in January 2020. These enhanced screening procedures do not apply to SDF as there are no international commercial passenger flights that fly nonstop to/from Louisville.
  • SDF in partnership with local, state and federal officials have infectious disease response plans in place that are reviewed, practiced and updated throughout the year.
  • SDF is prepared to implement any operational changes as directed by medical authorities should that become necessary.

Ongoing Updates from SDF

If any changes are made to the operations or procedures at SDF relating to COVID-19, this page will be updated with the most current information.

April 1, 2020 – Update on rental car and banking services at SDF.

March 28, 2020 – Statement from SDF about TSA employee confirmed with COVID-19. Click here to visit the TSA site for more information.

March 28, 2020 – Memo to Terminal Tenants from Executive Director Dan Mann about TSA employee confirmed with COVID-19.

March 27, 2020 – Update on restaurants, retail shops, parking and other services at SDF.

March 20, 2020 – Update on restaurants, retail shops, banking, parking and other services at SDF.

March 19, 2020 – Update on restaurants, retail shops and other services at SDF.

March 10, 2020 – Statement from SDF about traveler confirmed with COVID-19.

March 9, 2020 – Memo to Terminal Tenants from Executive Director Dan Mann about traveler confirmed with COVID-19.

February 26, 2020 – Statement from SDF about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Airline Information about Coronavirus 

National Travel Updates

March 26, 2020 – Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

March 20, 2020 – US-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the US-Canada Land Border for Non-Essential Purposes

March 17, 2020 – Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Certain Countries of Europe (Updated from March 13)

March 16, 2020 – Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Schengen Area Countries, The United Kingdom, Ireland, China, and Iran

March 13, 2020 – Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran

March 11, 2020 – Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf’s Statement on Presidential Proclamation To Protect the Homeland from Travel-Related Coronavirus Spread

Local Resources

Kentucky COVID-19 (coronavirus) Hotline: 1-800-722-5725

Kentucky Department for Public Health
www.kycovid19.ky.gov

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness
www.louisvilleky.gov/news/what-you-need-know-about-coronavirus

Indiana State Department of Health
www.coronavirus.in.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Coronavirus Information for Travelers
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew: Coronavirus Disease 2019
www.cdc.gov/quarantine/air/managing-sick-travelers/ncov-airlines.html

Coronavirus General Information
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html