Coronavirus and air travel

In lieu of a Thursday Thoughts at 3 blog this week, we are conveying information provided and compiled by our friends at RDU Airport. See below and here:


Joe Milazzo II, PE
Executive Director
Regional Transportation Alliance



How RDU is Responding to COVID-19

An outbreak of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has now been detected in more than 125 countries, including the United States. The World Health Organization has classified COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The federal government continues to issue guidance regarding air travel, including new restrictions on travel from Europe (with the exception of the United Kingdom) beginning March 13.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency, but it’s important to know that RDU is operating normally. We continue to take proactive measures to to ensure the health and safety of guests in our terminals, including increased disinfection and cleaning of bathrooms and shuttle buses, along with frequently touched surfaces such as ticket counters and kiosks, gate areas, handrails and doorknobs.

Where to Find Information

We’ve launched a new coronavirus page on to deliver updates as they happen, as well as measures you can take to travel safely, stay healthy and help contain the spread of this virus. This also includes helpful coronavirus resources as well as airline travel alerts.

You can also receive updates from RDU by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

What About My Flight?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily in airplanes and the risk of infection while traveling by air is low.  Click here for information from the CDC on coronavirus travel information.

RDU’s airline partners are sharing additional information about their response to COVID-19. Travelers should check with their airline for latest flight status links below for guidance from each of the 10 airlines serving RDU.

Steps You Can Take

Health experts recommend good personal hygiene – including washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth – as the best way to prevent illness.

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