Reagan National Airport Traveler Update on Coronavirus
Reagan National Airport Traveler Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
What are the latest updates at the airport?
Airline Guidance on Traveling During COVID-19
Many airlines are requiring passengers to wear masks or face coverings at multiple points along their journey. For this reason, we urge all travelers to come prepared.
For more information on U.S.-based carrier’s requirements, please click below to be taken directly to the airline’s website. For all other airlines, please check airline websites for more information.
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.
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American Airlines to Temporarily Depart from Gates 23-34
Effective May 4, 2020, all flights operated by American Airlines will depart from the center concourse at Terminal B/C, through Gates 23-34. Due to reduced activity, the airport will temporarily suspend flight operations from the north concourse of Terminal C, which contains Gates 35-45. This adjustment allows for temporary suspension of busing from Gate 35X and a more streamlined passenger experience.
Although the gates are scheduled to be out of service, they may be used if needed. However, the shops and restaurants near Gates 35-45 will be closed. These changes will be in effect until further notice.
For additional updates, please follow @Reagan_Airport on Twitter.
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Previous Updates at the Airport
Under the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Temporary Stay-at-Home Order, Reagan National Airport remains open and available for essential travel. Customers who wish to change their travel plans should contact their airline directly for further information: https://www.flyreagan.com/dca/airlines-serving-reagan-national. For all questions regarding Virginia’s stay-at-home order, please contact your state officials.
For the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the well-being of our passengers as they travel through the airport is of prime importance. As we receive constantly evolving updates and health directives regarding COVID-19, we would like to outline how we are taking every step to protect your health and well-being while you travel through the airport and visit our many concessions.
Our mission has always been to manage and work with concessionaires that offer safe, trustworthy, and high-quality service to travelers. Our merchants and their employees are fully trained and committed to the highest sanitation and hygiene practices when it comes to serving customers. Below are immediate steps we and our concessionaires have taken in response to the current national emergency:
- Requested concessionaires to be mindful of safe attendance practices and their employee’s health.
- Requested concessionaires to increase the use of disinfectants and cleaning in “high touch” areas at restaurants and stores, like counters, bars, seating areas, registers, etc.
- Coordinating with our airline and tenant partners, passengers, and employees to closely monitor any change in the status of our region’s health and ensuring awareness of interagency protocols for handling infectious diseases.Encouraging concessionaires to modify operating hours of stores and restaurants according to the changing airline schedules in response to lower passenger counts.
We will continue to monitor and follow the guidelines provided by public health experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health to keep our concessionaires and customers safe. Our goal is to continue providing passengers with retail and food & beverage options during this unprecedented time in the travel industry.
What is the airport doing in response to COVID-19?
Reagan National Airport follows the guidance provided by public health experts at the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Virginia Department of Health. In addition to supporting federal agencies that operate at the airport, we are:
- Increasing our use of disinfectant and cleaning in what we call “high touch” areas at the airport, like handrails, escalators, elevator buttons, restroom doors, etc.
- Coordinating with our airline and tenant partners, passengers and employees to closely monitor any change in the status of our region’s health and to ensure awareness of interagency protocols for handling infectious diseases.
- Encouraging passengers who are booked on flights that may be impacted by the recent travel restrictions announced on March 11 to contact their airline directly for more information. Flight cancellations and schedule adjustments are made by the airlines.
- Announcing updates and changes to the status of airport amenities, as follows:
- Until further notice, the USO Lounge at Reagan National Airport is closed.
We are following all CDC-recommended protocols for cleaning the airport, including wiping down surfaces and cleaning bathrooms, and have shared with our employees important information provided by the CDC about the virus and following the CDC’s recommendations on healthy habits, such as hand-washing and covering your cough.
For additional information about the COVID-19 coronavirus from the CDC, please visit coronavirus.gov
What can I do to stay healthy while traveling?
Public health officials recommend personal hygiene and frequent hand washing as the best way to prevent illness.
- Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you are travelling overseas, follow the CDC's guidance.
- Check-in with your airline if you have questions about your travel itinerary.
Where can I find more information?
Information about the novel coronavirus is updated frequently; check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:
- CDC web page on COVID-19
- Virginia Department of Health
- Maryland Department of Health
- District of Columbia Department of Health
- West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Temporary Parking Changes at Reagan National Airport
There have been temporary changes to parking at Reagan National Airport in response to COVID19.
Due to COVID-19 operating hours are temporarily changing
Please visit our Adjusted Concessions Shopping and Dining Hours of Operation page to learn more and get the latest updates for shopping and dining at Reagan National Airport.