Amid Travel Uptick, MSP Airport Rolls Out Safety Program
If you plan to fly out of Minneapolis over the next few weeks, be prepared for some changes at MSP Airport.
On Thursday, the Metropolitan Airports Commission outlined a new program designed to minimize the risk of coronavirus infections. As with scores of retail operations across the state, all MSP Airport employees will be required to wear masks. Travelers won’t be required to wear face coverings, though MAC “strongly recommends” it.
Social distancing rules will be enforced where possible, with floor markings in place to encourage travelers to remain six feet apart. MAC officials noted that 50 additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed.
Airport officials have also ramped up cleaning efforts. This month, the airport instituted nightly “electrostatic disinfectant fogging” to help remove traces of the virus. Crews have increased cleaning frequency at all “high-touch” points throughout MSP Airport, too.
“We’re expecting an increase in traffic in July,” said Brian Ryks, CEO of MAC. “Whether our passengers return to the skies next month or later in the year, they will experience a very different airport in terms of health safety elements in place to protect them.”
Though overall flights are down year-over-year, the data show that travel has been increasing within recent weeks. Average daily aircraft departures are expected to grow to 233 next month, up from 138 in June.