March 12, 2020

Airline Policies and Travel Information due to COVID-19

The airlines are closely monitoring changes to travel restrictions and are updating schedules accordingly due to COVID-19. For your convenience, below are the links to airlines’ policies concerning change fees and cancellations. As this is a fluid situation, these policies could change daily.

Latest Travel Restrictions

March 20, 2020
All “non-essential” travel across the U.S.-Mexico border is restricted, starting Saturday, March 21, 2020 for an initial period of 30 days.

Travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border is limited to “essential travel” effective March 20 through April 20, 2020.

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory, the agency’s highest alert level, encouraging all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. Those who are currently abroad are advised to return home. Anyone arriving in Hawaii will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.

March 18, 2020
In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide.

There are no travel restrictions in the U.S. Updates to the list of countries with travel restrictions can be found at the CDC website.

Airport Cleaning

Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is following guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and industry leaders to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at the airport.  We are committed to the health and safety of our passengers and employees.  With that in mind, we are taking the following measures:

ICT enhances its cleaning processes with electrostatic spraying – the spray has electrically charged particles.  It places a positive charge on a disinfectant solution which is then sprayed on negatively charged surfaces.  It is effective against many microorganisms we deal with on a daily basis.  When you spray, the mist naturally wants to cling to the entire surface you are spraying it on and wraps itself around the surface to disinfect all of it.  This is not a replacement for our standard daily cleaning methods but is another step that we can take to kill a variety of sickness-causing germs and viruses. After our thorough conventional cleaning, we follow up with the electrostatic sprayers. Other procedures include:

  • Increasing our use of disinfectant and cleaning high touch areas, like ticketing kiosks, handrails, elevator buttons, escalators, restroom doors, etc.
  • Increasing hand sanitizer stations throughout the terminal for passengers.
  • Posting personal hygiene educational signage in the restrooms.
  • Coordinating with our airline and tenant partners to monitor and address changes in the status of our region’s health.

Aircraft Cleaning

Airlines are following CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect aircraft, giving additional time to clean international flights and flights that remain overnight. Catering equipment on key international flights is undergoing additional sanitation and disinfecting procedures.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Valerie Wise

Air Service & Business Development Manager

(316) 946-4780

Brad Christopher

Assistant Director of Airports

(316) 946-4700

Victor White

Director of Airports

(316) 946-4700

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