Lehigh Valley International Airport updates sanitation protocols as region slowly begins reopening

Written by on June 15, 2020

Lehigh Valley International Airport updates sanitation protocols as region slowly begins reopening

By Ben Stemrich

June 15, 2020

As businesses reopen and people begin to try to get back to their normal lives, the Lehigh Valley International Airport is telling its passengers they will get them safely from point A to B. 

Tom Stoudt is Director of the Lehigh Valley Northampton Airport Authority. He says they’ve adapted a whole new approach to sanitation to respond to the new normal. 

“Something like this is not like anything we’ve dealt with in the past. We’ve certainly faced plenty of challenges but certainly nothing like this. So it’s certainly been a learning experience for everyone,” says Stoudt. 

Stoudt says they’re doing everything they can to ensure COVID-19 isn’t a carry on. Everything from mandatory masks, social distancing, to antiseptic pads on door handles and buttons.

 Kyle Shadlack from Detroit, says this is the first week he’s back to flying for work. 

“Most airlines are pretty good about keeping the middle row seat open. Most of the time it’s so under booked I have an entire row to myself but there requiring I wear a mask and sanitizing all the services so it’s pretty good,” said Shadlack.

According to the TSA, there was a roughly 90% reduction in air travel nationally in May

But LVIA officials predict the number of passengers will continue to rise. 

According to the officials of the Lehigh Valley International Airport saw a reduction in air travel of roughly 85%.


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