City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUS will continue to coordinate with our local, state and federal partners, and make any adjustments as needed, pending further guidance
Updated July 2, 2020:
Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order GA-20 requiring that in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases, every person shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing. Following a verbal or written warning for a first time violation, individuals may be fined up to $250 per additional violation.
Updated June 24, 2020:
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have issued a joint travel advisory requiring all travelers from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This advisory impacts those flying from Texas, including AUS, and travelers should be aware of the mandatory 14-day order.
Updated June 12, 2020:
At this time, it’s more important than ever that our customers feel safe and comfortable. That is why AUS has made the decision to temporarily close Economy Parking and avoid the crowded nature of parking shuttles. Economy Parking will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
For a limited time, AUS passengers can park in the Blue Garage for $10/Day or the Red Garage for $20/Day. The Blue Garage and Red Garage are the closest available parking options to the Barbara Jordan Terminal giving you easier access to airline check-in counters and security screening.
Updated June 2, 2020:
Limited supplies of masks, hand sanitizer, and other items can be purchased at the following AUS locations:
- The convenience store in our cell phone lot
- Z-Cafe near Checkpoint 2
- Austin Article near Gate 18
- Book People near Gate 20
- Jetset between Gates 23 & 24
- South Terminal
- The Get Set
Updated May 21, 2020:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order (GA-24) terminating air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order takes effect immediately, and removes the mandated temporary quarantine order for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States:
- New York
- New Jersey
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois
- Detroit, Michigan
- Miami, Florida.
Updated May 14, 2020:
Due to increased demand at AUS, Security Checkpoint 1 has reopened for passenger screenings.
Updated May 6, 2020:
Many airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks or face coverings along their journey. For this reason, we urge all travelers to come prepared and bring your own face covering to AUS. If you arrive at the airport without a face covering, limited supplies can be purchased at the following locations inside the Barbara Jordan Terminal:
- Austin Article
For more information on U.S.-based carrier’s requirements, please contact your airline. You can visit this page for links to each airline's website.
In addition, the Transportation Security Administration allows, but does not require, passengers to wear masks during screening. A screening officer may ask for the mask to be adjusted to confirm the passenger’s identity.
Updated April 15, 2020:
Beginning immediately, if you have essential travel needs, you must wear a fabric face covering while visiting Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. An extended Stay Home, Work Safe Order from the City of Austin now requires that everyone over the age of ten must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public building.
A face covering does not substitute for the need to maintain physical distancing and the Stay Home-Work Safe Order. The additional requirement is for use of fabric face coverings and not medical-grade masks or N-95 respirators, which are in short supply and should be conserved for healthcare workers and first responders. Scarves or bandannas are easy, household items that can serve as a face covering. Plenty of do-it-yourself plans are also available online including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and guidance from Austin Public Health.
While violation of this Order is a criminal offense, enforcement of this Order is substantially reliant on self-regulation and a community commitment to public health and safety under the novel threat of COVID-19. According to the City of Austin, if there is not widespread compliance with this Order, enforcement efforts will be increased.
To stay updated on the latest information and guidance from the City of Austin, visit this page.
Updated April 14, 2020:
According to the FAA, AUS anticipates receiving ~$58 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This will allow us to mitigate financial losses from the COVID-19 event and continue to provide essential transportation services to those in our community who need to travel. While AUS is still working through the specifics of how funding will be applied, federal guidelines allow funds to be utilized for airport capital expenditures, airport operating expenses including payroll and utilities, and airport debt payments. AUS thanks our Congressional Delegation for helping ensure that AUS can remain operational and open for vital travel and cargo now and in the future.
Updated April 9, 2020:
Gates 1-6 and 29-34 have been disinfected and temporarily closed. AUS will monitor passenger levels to determine when they will reopen.
Updated April 3, 2020:
Gates 1-4 and 6 have been disinfected and temporarily closed. AUS will monitor passenger levels to determine when they will reopen.
Updated March 30, 2020 (3:30 p.m.):
Beginning on March 31, the Transportation Security Administration will be temporarily closing Security Checkpoint 1, and will continue to monitor passenger levels to determine when it will be reopened. All passengers will be screened through Checkpoint 2 until further notice.
Updated March 30, 2020 (11:30 a.m.):
As outlined in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order( No. GA-11), travelers who arrive at AUS from the following locations must self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of entry into Texas or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter.
- State of California
- State of Connecticut
- State of Louisiana
- State of New Jersey
- State of New York
- State of Washington
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois
- Detroit, Michigan
- Miami, Florida
The order will be implemented and enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Enforcement of the order for Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and New Orleans took effect at noon on March 28; enforcement of the remaining locations took effect at noon March 30. AUS will be supporting the efforts of DPS and accommodating their officers so that troopers can fulfill the Governor’s executive order. The proclamation updating the Executive Order can be found here.
For more information, visit the DPS website.
Updated March 25, 2020:
Beginning on March 26, the Transportation Security Administration will be temporarily closing Security Checkpoint 3, and will continue to monitor passenger levels to determine when it will be reopened.
Updated March 24, 2020:
Beginning Friday, March 27, 2020, AUS is suspending valet parking operations and closing the third floor of the Red Garage/Garage 1 to the public. The remaining floors of Red Garage will remain open. Blue Garage and the Economy parking lots will remain open for now. The adjustment follows changes in parking demand in response to COVID-19 and the reduction in air travel.
Economy parking is $8/day and the Blue Garage is $15/day. Shuttle service will remain available from the Economy lot to the Barbara Jordan Terminal at a level commensurate with demand, as will the shuttle service to the South Terminal. ABIA Parking shuttles are cleaned with disinfectant and contact areas such as handrails are wiped down multiple times a day. Additionally, to adhere to social distancing, we are limiting the number of passengers on board shuttles at one time.
The Aviation Department is using social media, its website, and digital signage along Presidential Boulevard to alert customers of this upcoming change.
Updated March 19, 2020:
The airport's parking team is working hard to keep their vehicles clean and customers safe. Shuttles are cleaned with disinfectant and contact areas such as handrails are wiped down multiple times a day. Additionally, to adhere to social distancing, we are limiting the number of passengers on board shuttles at one time. An increased number of shuttles are being deployed to maintain efficiency under this new procedure. Exiting through credit card express lanes is also encouraged to avoid person-to-person contact.
AUS has begun making modifications to work schedules, to include teleworking for some non-essential employees and to ensure that there will be continuity among essential staff to support airport operations. Our priority is to maintain the health and safety of our employees and passengers, and these actions allow us to do that while also continuing to operate the airport.
Employees in all areas have been encouraged to practice good personal hygiene such as regular handwashing and to engage in social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet from the adjacent person where possible and avoid large group settings or meetings.
The AUS volunteer program has been temporarily suspended and all AUS live music performances are being cancelled through April 30, 2020.
Updated March 17, 2020:
AUS is considered "critical infrastructure” and is not impacted by the new restrictions put in place that prohibit community gatherings of 10 or more people. The airport remains open and is operating normally.
Updated March 16, 2020:
On the recommendation of Austin Public Health, all AUS live music performances are being cancelled through March 31, 2020. Additionally, some concessions in the terminal will be operating under limited hours, opening later or closing early, based on passenger demand and staffing considerations.
For more updates and information, travelers can visit:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Travel Information
- Transportation Security Administration COVID-19 Information
- The City of Austin’s COVID-19 FAQ page
- Austin Public Health
Updated March 12, 2020:
Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and AUS:
- Is it safe to fly?
- According to the CDC, because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should try to avoid contact with sick passengers and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.
- CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel to certain areas. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to those areas. A list of destinations with travel notices is available here.
- What is Austin-Bergstrom doing in response to COVID-19?
- AUS is:
- Monitoring the situation and working closely with partners at every level to ensure passenger and employee safety.
- Providing more hand sanitizer stations in high-traffic areas (such as after TSA checkpoints).
- Posting signage communicating general hygiene best practices.
- Adding a focus on disinfecting “high-touch” areas, such as kiosks, podiums, and security bins.
- Ensuring cleaning staff are concentrated in public areas.
- AUS will continue to coordinate with our partners and make any adjustments as needed pending further guidance.
- In terms of screenings at checkpoints and customs, the CDC identifies which airports are required to conduct additional screenings. At this time, the CDC has not identified AUS as an airport that will conduct additional screenings.
- AUS is:
- What precautions should I take when traveling?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- According to the CDC, if you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- What should I do if I want to change my travel plans?
- For travelers who have concerns related to any upcoming travel plans, they are encouraged to contact their respective airlines to inquire about the possibility of rescheduling their flights.
- What are airlines doing in response to COVID-19?
- Some airlines are making decisions to change or reduce frequency on certain air service routes, including at AUS. For additional information regarding air service changes and information regarding other steps airlines are taking at this time, please contact your airline.
Updated March 9, 2020:
SAS from Copenhagen to Austin, which was planned to fly into AUS on March 11 and return on March 17, has been canceled. This flight was originally scheduled for SXSW.
March 6, 2020:
At this time, AUS is not aware of any specific air service cancellations associated with SXSW or COVID-19 but we will provide updates if they become available. In the meantime, travelers are encouraged to contact their respective airlines if they have concerns related to any upcoming travel plans.
AUS is providing additional hand sanitizer stations in high-traffic areas (such as after TSA checkpoints) and signage communicating general hygiene best practices. In addition, we’re adding a focus on disinfecting “high-touch” areas, such as kiosks and podiums. AUS will continue to coordinate with our local, state and federal partners, and make any adjustments as needed pending further guidance.