Lafayette Regional Airport Remains Fully Operational Despite COVID-19 Concerns

David Reed


All photos belong to the official Lafayette Regional Airport Twitter page.

While the Lafayette Regional Airport is taking some precautions to account for the COVID-19 outbreak, flights are still going in and out of the airport as of Monday, according to the LFT website.

While LFT has yet to make any changes to flight service, they are changing the airport’s cleaning procedures to focus on areas that are touched most frequently, LFT Executive Director Steven Picou said in a press release Friday.

“We are increasing the frequency of these cleanings,” Picou said in the press release.

Picou said all cleaning will be done with antibacterial and antiviral cleaning supplies. In the airport lobbies airport cleaning staff are focusing on non-automated doors, counters, kiosks, trash cans, seats, baggage carts, boarding pass scanners and screening trays. The primary focus in restrooms are doors and latches, flush valves, non-automated fixtures, counter tops. In gate areas, cleaning staff is giving special attention to seats and armrests, counters and trash bins. They are cleaning the doors and handrails in the boarding bridges more frequently than usual, and, in common areas, they are focusing on concession tables and chairs, wheelchairs, trash bins, escalator handrails, elevator buttons, phones and touch screen directories.

In addition, LFT has plans to provide anti-bacterial hand sanitizer sometime early this week according to the press release.

While LFT has no plan to end flight service as of Monday, those with questions about possible flight cancelations should contact their airline directly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends possible travelers consider if the coronavirus is spreading where they are going or where they live, as well as whether or not they or someone they live with is susceptible to severe illness due to COVID-19 before traveling. This includes people who are elderly or have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, lung disease or heart disease. They also recommend those who choose to travel during the outbreak be prepared to miss work if they catch the virus.

Robert Callahan, LFT’s media representative said he’s unaware if the coronavirus has caused many trip cancellations for the airport during March, but said this February was no different from usual in terms of cancelations.

“At the end of February, it was flat. It was almost the same as the previous February,” Callahan said.

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