Flight schedules drastically reduced at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport due to coronavirus pandemic

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Flight schedules are drastically reduced at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, the airport announced Thursday. This is because of a reduction in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Allegiant Air canceled all service today through March 30 while other carriers often wait until the day before or the day of to cancel flights.

While it is a challenge, the airport said it implemented several practices to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  • Hand sanitizers are strategically placed and additional units are ordered for deployment throughout the terminal complex at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA).
  • ROA custodial staff have increased their disinfection efforts in the following high traffic areas: door handles, escalator handrails, elevator controls, counter tops, paper towel / toilet paper dispensers, tables, chairs, vinyl seating, parking equipment, and ticket counter podiums.
  • ROA has confirmed through discussion with airline personnel that public facing equipment (including self-check-in kiosks) are disinfected throughout the day.
  • ROA has received guidance from TSA that passengers should wash / sanitize their hands before and after the checkpoint. Additionally, wallets, phones, and keys kept in carry-on baggage and not placed in a bin.
  • Signage outlining CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) best practices are located in all restrooms and heavy public traffic areas.
  • ROA distributed an internal email to all airport stakeholders outlining best practices for cleaning public areas from the WHO and CDC.

The airport is in communication with both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

For travelers and the general public, the airport issued these reminders to prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Be committed to practicing good personal hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid shaking hands with everyone.
  • Avoid direct contact and close contact (within 6 feet) of people who are sick.
  • If you are sick or ill, please STAY HOME, avoid public areas and public transportation.
  • If you sneeze or cough, please do so into your elbow.
  • If you are sick or ill, please STAY HOME, avoid public areas and public transportation.
  • If you sneeze or cough, please do so into your elbow.

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