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 is important to note that certain airport operations at SDF have been impacted by COVID-19, such as air service, restaurants, retail shops, terminal services and parking. Click here for the latest update for these impacts.

Flights and Airline Information

  • Please check with your airline for the most up-to-date information regarding your flight as airlines may choose to cancel flights or temporarily suspend service.
  • Many airlines have temporarily suspended in-flight food and beverage service, but permit passengers to bring items onboard.
  • The six airlines that provide service from SDF – Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United – now require (or will soon require) passengers wear a face mask. This includes at ticketing during check-in, through the boarding process and while in-flight.
  • Please click below for more information from each airline regarding their efforts and guidelines to keep travelers and employees safe.

Preventative Measures at the Jerry E. Abramson Terminal

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority is working closely with our business partners to implement the following measures to help prevent the spread of germs.

  • More than 90 plexiglass shields have been installed throughout the terminal at customer counter touch points including airline ticket counters, airline gate podiums, airline baggage offices, rental car counters, restaurants and retail shops.
  • Increased the number of hand sanitizing stations for passengers’ convenience to more than four times the amount as of February 2020.
  • Automated hand towel dispensers in restroom facilities were previously available for 95% of all units – the remaining units are being replaced with automated units.
  • Replacing more than 100 manual soap dispensers with automated units.
  • The Virtual Information Booth launched on Thursday, May 7 with volunteer Ambassadors available by live video feed to assist arriving travelers and other airport guests.
  • Replacing temporary social distancing markers on the floor in queuing areas with more permanent SDF Social Distancing graphics.
  • Adding “Healthy Travel Tips” signage in key areas of the terminal that will be installed by mid-May
  • Effective Monday, May 11, state officials have asked all employees to wear face masks as part of the state’s Healthy at Work initiative.
  • All Airport Authority employees provided three (3) washable cloth face masks and an individual thermometer for their use.
    • Public Safety Officers have appropriate PPE for use as needed.
  • Employees and any visitors who wish to enter Airport Authority offices are required to complete a daily COVID-19 Symptom Free Form prior to entering.
  • Airport Authority staff are in the process of procuring no-touch infrared thermometers to use for vendors, contractors and visitors.

SDF is prepared to implement any additional operational changes as directed by public health authorities or federal, state or local officials should that become necessary.

Terminal Cleaning

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

  • Continues 24-hour, 365-day cleaning protocol that complies with CDC guidelines.
  • Since mid-February the airport has increased use of disinfectant and cleaning in high-touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, escalators and restrooms.
  • Airline gate areas are cleaned routinely multiple times throughout the day.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands prior to and immediately following the security checkpoint screening process.
  • 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 late Spring.
  • If you are traveling overseas, follow the CDC’s guidance including the use of hand sanitizer and/or anti-bacterial wipes.

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.

Click here for the latest update for these impacts.

May 13, 2020 – Update on restaurants, retail shops and rental car services at SDF.

April 17, 2020 – Update on restaurants and taxi services at SDF.

April 10, 2020 – Update on rental car and other services at SDF.

April 3, 2020 – Update on retail shops and rental car services at SDF.

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).

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