We're ready when you're ready
Message from Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Executive Director

We’re ready when you’re ready , and it looks like a number of you are ready to fly again.  
We want you to have all the information you need to #TravelSmart. Visit our website to learn how the airport and airlines have enhanced our operations to help you return to the skies with confidence. 

Of particular note – face coverings are now required in public places in the state of North Carolina. This means that when you come to the airport, please wear a face covering.  We have a supply of complimentary cloth masks for customers, if needed – just ask at Guest Services.

I'd also like to let you know that travel recovery has begun. The airlines at AVL continue to add frequencies to their schedules. AVL has retained the majority of our nonstop destinations, and frequency of service is climbing, with an estimated 70% of pre-Covid levels on the schedules by August.

It is important to note that airlines have built in some flexibility to make booking flights easier.  I encourage you to research your options when booking, and we’ve got easy links to each airline’s offerings below.

When you come back through AVL during your next journey, know that we’re diligently focused on health and safety for you and our team. And so is the entire airport industry - we're collectively READY FOR EVERY JOURNEY . We look forward to seeing you again.
Tell us your current sentiment about air travel
Please take our short (less than 3 minutes) survey to help us understand how you feel about air travel today. You may have already taken this survey – and that’s ok. We want to hear from you again! We are comparing results to see how travel sentiment may have changed since May.

(And…… you could win this great t-shirt! We have lots to give away.)
Passengers can now sit and dine before their flights
In accordance with social distancing and reduced capacity guidelines, the dining area of the gate-side restaurant at AVL will reopen July 1. Tables have been positioned appropriately to allow for ample distance between parties, all staff are required to wear masks, and stringent cleaning measures are in place. The initial menu will consist of brunch and lunch items, and beer, wine and cocktails will be available. The hours of operation will coincide with the heaviest departure times, with additional hours and menu options planned as travel continues to increase.
Information about air quality on airplanes
Have you wondered about air quality on airplanes? See the information below.

From the World Health Organization (WHO): " The quality of aircraft cabin air is carefully controlled. Ventilation provides a total change of air 20-30 times per hour. The recirculated air is usually passed through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters of the type used in hospitals, which trap dust particles, bacteria, fungi and viruses."

Most airplanes are equipped with sophisticated air filtration systems, like HEPA or VOC filters. Learn more about each airline that operates at AVL:

Watching a plane climb to the skies is a great metaphor. Keep dreaming. Keep soaring! We're ready when you're ready. 
JUNE 2020
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