FAA: Federal Guidance to Fly Healthy This Holiday Season

November 12, 2020
Contact: pressoffice@faa.gov

Find the original press release at: https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=25440

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and State have established a new web portal where airline passengers can obtain updated information on how to Fly Healthy this holiday season.  The portal walks you through every step of the process: plan your travel; at the airport; aboard the aircraft; arrival at your destination, and returning home. 

Passengers making plans to return to air travel during the COVID-19 public health crisis are encouraged to visit the portal before heading to the airport. The experience as an airline passenger begins at home, planning and taking precautions to help everyone have a safe journey while preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Following these and other federal travel guidance will help ensure airline passengers can Fly Healthy for the holidays and safely negotiate all aspects of air travel. Recommendations include, among others:

Trip Planning:  Before booking your trip, check for international travel advisories and destination-specific COVID-19 risk. Refer to individual state, territorial, tribal, and local government websites for domestic travel advisories and information about quarantine or other restrictions.

At the Airport:  Once you arrive at the airport and exit your vehicle, start wearing your mask. This includes on shuttle buses, trams and any time you are outside your own vehicle on airport grounds.

Aboard the Aircraft:  Wear your mask aboard the aircraft, practice good sanitation, and maintain as much social distance as possible.  Be sure to pack extra masks for yourself and your party in your carry-on. 

Arrival at Your Destination  State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival.

Returning Home:  You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take action to protect others from getting sick after you return.

The Federal Aviation Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection collaborated on the guidance supporting these recommendations. 

Additional information to better protect airline passengers, crew, and other airport workers can be found in the Runway to Recovery (PDF) publication, a joint guidance initiative from the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services.

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Call for Public Art

Project Description

Prescott Regional Airport is seeking artwork for the new 18,000 sq. ft. passenger terminal to be completed Spring 2021.  In 2019, over 55,000 passengers passed through the airport terminal. The new terminal will have a diverse range of designated space for 2D and 3D art, sculptural art in outdoor patio areas, and limited casework for smaller displays.

The Prescott Mayor has appointed a Commission for Airport Passenger Terminal Art [APTA] to solicit proposals, evaluate, and acquire art for the new terminal. For now, art will be procured through donations or loans only.

Art Themes

To highlight the Prescott regional area, art will be selected from the following broad categories:

  1. Aviation/ Flying (Examples: Historical photos, clouds, flight, planes)
  2. Regional Perspective (Examples: Landscapes, mountains, outdoors, Granite Dells, indigenous art)
  3. Prescott Heritage (Examples: “Our Home”, qualities, traditions, life near Prescott)

Mediums

Areas available for art include passenger hold room, screening areas,  a corridor between arrivals and departure vestibules, and outdoor opportunities for large sculptures. Color, size, visibility, and complexity will be evaluated according to the chosen display location.

Submitted art could include: 1. Photographs printed in large sizes on supportive backing with finished sizes spanning a maximum of 5 ft. high x 12 ft. long. Triptych or multiple related images will be considered; 2. Mural or mosaic art applied on supportive panels or walls or; 3. Paintings, drawings, prints, and other 2D work.

3D sculptural or relief art will also be considered. Life size bronze, or other sculptural pieces, may be selected for outdoor spaces.

The Process

Fill out the APTA Submission form at www.flyprescott.com and you will be contacted by a Commission representative. Submitted art will be evaluated for theme, quality, medium, cost, and logistical considerations.

Art will then be presented to the entire Commission for approval /denial.  If approved by the Commission, the artwork will be aggregated with other proposed terminal art for presentation to the City of Prescott Art in Public Places Committee.  Upon approved by the Art in Public Places Committee, Prescott City Council will grant final approval for acquisition and placement. This process may take a few months or more from first contact to approval and acquisition.

The City of Prescott has established Art in Public Places guidelines for the City’s process of accepting art. Loaned art may be placed on a revolving schedule.

Timeline

The Call for Art opens November 5, 2020.  The process is expected to go for several months but may close at any time for any reason, such as influxes of art or reaching capacity of allowed art. If the APTA Submission form is available, submissions are still being accepted.

Information Regarding Trump 2020 Campaign Rally

The Trump 2020 Campaign will hold a rally on Monday, October 19 at Prescott Regional Airport. Gates open at 8 a.m., with the event officially beginning at 12 noon. For tickets and information visit the campaign website:  https://www.donaldjtrump.com/events/  Times and details are subject to change without notice.

General Information

Gates open at 8 a.m. Admissions and security will be handled by the Trump Campaign.  For information, go the campaign website. https://www.donaldjtrump.com/events/

The President is expected to speak at 12 Noon, for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

No signs, lawn chairs, umbrellas, coolers, beverages, knives or weapons will be allowed.  Details will be provided via email to registered attendees.  Please be advised that seating is limited.

Water, shade areas and portable restrooms will be provided by the campaign on site.

All attendees will be temperature checked, and provided with a mask and hand sanitizer.

Event Parking, Access and Traffic Disruptions

NO vehicle parking for this event is permitted on airport property. There will be no stopping, standing, parking or camping on or along any road in the event area. Attendees must use remote parking and shuttle services.

NO overnight camping will be allowed in the airport area.

Multiple event parking locations with shuttle service have been announced:

  • Potter’s House Church at 5195 N. Hwy 89, Prescott  (Shuttles begin at 7:30am)
  • Heights Church, 2121 Larry Caldwell Drive, Prescott (Shuttles begin at 7:30an)
  • Findlay Toyota Center, Prescott Valley (Shuttles begin at 7:30am)
  • Watson Lake and Pioneer Park will be used if the above lots fill, with shuttles shifting to those locations later in the morning (after 8:30am).

Beginning at 7:30am, ADA accessible buses will shuttle attendees from the parking locations to the event location.  Gates will not open until 9am. Those with accessibility challenges may bring canes, walkers or other mobility devices.

For those with significant mobility issues, or health concerns:  Please be advised this event will take place on unimproved terrain, and there will likely be long lines, long distance walking, and long periods of standing.

Motorists should avoid the airport area including State Route 89, and SR 89A beginning at 7 a.m., through 3 p.m. that day if possible.

Traffic near the airport will be impacted. Road closures for the event include:

  • Deep Well Road (from Ruger to the Airport Terminal)
  • Janine Lane (from MacCurdy to Ruger Road)
  • Ruger Road (from SR 89 to Deep Well Road)
  • MacCurdy (from SR 89 to Janine)
  • MacCurdy at Bar Heart
  • MacCurdy at Clubhouse
  • Clubhouse at Wineglass
  • Cirrus at Wilkinson Drive

Airline Flight and Airport Terminal Information

United Express flights to Denver, Los Angeles, and beyond are scheduled to operate normally on the event day. Passengers should plan to arrive at the airport 90 minutes prior to departure.  As always, monitor United.com for updates and flight status.

Morning DEN Departure (6am) and Evening LAX Arrival (8pm):  Operations as normal. Passengers may utilize the terminal parking lot.

Afternoon LAX Departures and DEN Arrival: A special airline passenger and meeter/greeter parking area will be available at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (2000 Shepherd’s Lane) for use after 12 noon on October 19.  This lot can be accessed via DeepWell Road.  Let them know you have a flight or are meeting an incoming passenger.  No transit to the Trump event will occur from this lot.  

  • Departing Passenger (on outbound LAX flight):  Valid boarding pass and photo ID must be presented by departing passengers to board the terminal-only shuttle at St. Lukes.  
  • Arriving passengers can access their vehicles currently parked in the terminal lot, or can use the terminal-only shuttle (to go to St. Luke’s) to meet their transportation. Meeter/greeters for arriving passengers must stay at St. Luke’s to meet the passenger (who will arrive on the terminal-only shuttle).

Other Impacts/Activities

Antelope Hills Golf Course has cancelled all tee times before 3pm on Monday, October 19.   Contact the golf course to reschedule.  928-776-7888.

All US Forest Service Air Tanker operations will continue in support of the Horse Fire. 

The City will also post updates on the website home page, and the City Government of Prescott, Arizona Facebook page.

***ATTENTION MEDIA***

Look for the next update on Sunday afternoon, and Monday morning if needed.

Media must be registered with the campaign.  Go to www.DonaldJTrump.com to register.

Media inquiries regarding attending the event should be directed to the campaign, or to the White House Press office.  202-456-9570.

DOT Reselects SkyWest Airlines, Operating as United Express to serve Prescott Regional Airport

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has issued Order 2020-7-2, awarding a new Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to SkyWest Airlines, branded as United Express. The USDOT contract assures continuation of double-hub, non-stop service for Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and the Verde Valley leisure and business travelers for three years, commencing on September 01, 2020. 

 “After decades of underperforming air service providers at PRC, we are excited the USDOT has seen the value SkyWest has provided to the citizens of Northern Arizona during the current EAS contract,” said City of Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli.

“We are pleased to continue serving the Prescott area and know our passengers can fly with confidence thanks to the additional measures being taken on every flight,” said Greg Atkin, SkyWest managing director of Market Development. “From enhanced cleaning, mandatory face coverings and customer self-assessments with check-in, we remain committed to the health and safety of all onboard our aircraft.”

Passengers flying from Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field (PRC) will continue to enjoy convenient service to Denver International Airport (DEN) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) onboard the 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200.

The EAS program was established to assure that small communities maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service and access to the national air transportation system.  In January 2020, the USDOT requested proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at PRC for a new contract term. SkyWest Airlines, the incumbent carrier, was the only carrier to submit a proposal.

“We appreciate the strong partnership that has been forged between SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, and the City of Prescott, “ noted Airport Director, Robin Sobotta. “Since service launched in August 2020, more than 85,000 total passengers have enjoyed the convenience associated with flying out of Prescott to hundreds of United destinations. In early 2021, their travel experience will be further enhanced with the completion of the new Prescott Regional Airport Passenger Terminal.” 

For more information on flight availability, please visit United.com.

United Airlines Reservations

In these uncertain times, we want to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need. The quickest way to cancel or change an upcoming trip is to use united.com or our United app — here are step-by-step instructions.

If you have a situation that needs to be resolved by phone, know that our contact center agents are working around the clock to help you. We want to prioritize those with the most time-sensitive plans, so if you’re not
traveling in the next 72 hours, we kindly ask that you wait to reach out to us until you’re closer to your trip.

If you booked your flight through a travel agency or a travel website and would like to change your reservation, please reach out to them for assistance.

Things are changing rapidly, and you can find the latest information on travel flexibility, health and safety efforts, and travel restrictions on united.com.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, and for choosing United.

COVID-19 Update

Prescott Regional Airport has had several inquiries about our actions related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).   The airport has added additional hand sanitizers throughout the terminal to make it readily available.  We have also installed signs around the airport with reminders and tips on washing hands.   The terminal will be wiped down more frequently for sanitizing seat and surfaces.

United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines, is communicating with their employees to make sure they are taking appropriate precautions to avoid contracting or spreading illness.

Also, passengers who want to change their travel plans can do so without a change fee, for travelers who book now through March 31.  Go to United.com for details.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) GOALS FOR PRESCOTT REGIONAL AIRPORT – ERNEST A. LOVE FIELD FOR FEDERAL FISCAL YEARS 2020-2021

City of Prescott and Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field hereby announces its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal of 5.5% for FAA-funded contracts/agreements. The proposed goal pertains to Federal fiscal years 2020 through 2021 (10/1/2019-9/30/2021). An in-person meeting will be held on March 11th, 2020 from 4pm to 5pm at Prescott Regional Airport Administration Building located at 6546 Crystal Lane, Prescott, AZ 86301 for the purpose of consulting with stakeholders to obtain information relevant to the goal-setting process.

Willmeng begins construction on new passenger terminal at Prescott Regional Airport Ernest A. Love Field

Willmeng Construction Inc., a Phoenix-based commercial general contractor and Fann Contracting, a Prescott-based heavy civil construction company, recently began construction on a new $13.9 million, 18,000 SF passenger terminal at Prescott Regional Airport – Ernest A. Love Field, which will replace the current 1940s terminal. Upon completion, the replacement passenger terminal will continue serving the current commercial air service with flights from Prescott to Denver and Los Angeles. Designed by DWL Architects, Phoenix, construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021 and will allow for easy expansion as air service continues to grow.

Funding for this project would not have been possible without support from the FAA and state partnerships. Prescott Regional Airport has seen a dramatic increase in passengers utilizing commercial air service when United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines began service in August of 2018. Since then, over 73,000 passengers have used the service.

Arizona State Governor, Doug Ducey, recently visited the site and remarked on how the development occurring throughout Yavapai County and the addition of the new passenger terminal are great representations of the development that’s possible throughout the entire state of Arizona.  

“The airport is a major economic driver for this entire region and as we see the economy continue to grow, there is great opportunity for more economic development around the airport,” said Greg Mengarelli, Mayor, City of Prescott. “This new terminal is only the beginning as we look at future expansion.”

With the addition of the new passenger terminal, commercial service apron, baggage handling system, vehicle parking and roadway, residents of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Chino Valley, and Sedona will be able to enjoy an enhanced travel experience.

“We’re very thankful for Dr. Sobotta’s leadership, the support of Mayor Mengarelli and the council, and the whole team surrounding this project,” commented James Murphy, President and CEO of Willmeng Construction, a general contracting firm that has completed several aviation projects recently. “DWL Architects did a great job integrating glass into a modern, yet rustic façade. We’re very excited to go vertical with construction in the months ahead.”

“It takes local support to make things happen. We ask for these three simple things, that the local community respects the asset, acts as a good steward, and when we provide federal money, spend it.” Mark McClardy, the FAA’s Director of the Western Pacific Region remarked, “This was a very competitive process. We had about 167 applications from different airports, but only four grants were issued. We are all in for Prescott.”

Over 200 invited guests gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking in January, including local, state, and federal officials, many of whom had the opportunity to publicly share impactful stories and their excitement regarding the project. 

“We couldn’t have done it without the hard work, the vision, and the support of so many.” Dr. Robin Sobotta, Airport Director, City of Prescott, explained, “An economic generator is happening in our community. Thank you to our engineering, design, and construction partners who turn dreams into reality, you’ve done it for us! I’m glad we’re building our first terminal together.”

Construction on this project will not interfere with flights or airport activity, making the execution of this project ideal for all parties. The partnership between Willmeng Construction and Fann Contracting pairs local connections with airport construction expertise.

About Willmeng Construction

Willmeng Construction, established in 1977, is a Phoenix based building contractor that specializes in ground-up and tenant improvement projects in Arizona. Willmeng stays true to building excellence, supports prelease transactions, maintains their ability to execute small and large projects, and strategically recruits the highest performing employees in the industry. Willmeng has been built on great relationships, a commitment to earn the next project while delivering this one, and the reputation of positively impacting the community through projects and volunteerism. For more information www.willmeng.com.

About Fann Contracting, Inc.

For more than half a century, Fann has been an integral part of building Arizona’s infrastructure – from roadways and highways throughout the state to public works projects, landfills, underground utilities and commercial site development. What started as a small business in 1960, with one hardworking man and a single backhoe, has grown into one of Arizona’s leading heavy-civil contractors. Now in third generation ownership, Fann’s steadfast culture of honesty and integrity, safety leadership, quality, and partnership models are the tools that continue making each construction project a true success. For more information. www.fanncontracting.com.

Wings Out West Airshow Wins Award For Best in the Country

The 2019 Wings Out West Airshow, a partnership between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of Prescott, has won the gold award for “best small civilian airshow in the country” from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). More than 60 other airshows were in competition for the award, which was presented at the annual ICAS Convention on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

As the climax to Embry-Riddle’s annual homecoming celebration, Wings Out West 2019 attracted more than 10,000 spectators to the Prescott Regional Airport on Oct. 5 and included a variety of aerial demonstrations and historic reenactments. Headlined by Embry-Riddle’s own Matt Chapman flying his last career airshow, the day also honored the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Lt Col Dave Hamilton (USAF Ret), the last living Pathfinder who flew on D-Day was the guest of honor, with other World War II veterans present.

“This award acknowledges the hard work by our joint University and Community team, to highlight not only our region’s significant and continuing contribution to aviation, but the heroic accomplishments of our ‘Greatest Generation’ on behalf of a grateful nation and world,” said Embry-Riddle Professor and Airshow Director Jerry Kidrick. “The people attending were truly entertained by world class aviators and showed their patriotism on numerous occasions during the day as we highlighted living and past heroes.”

The Wings Out West Airshow has developed into an annual community event. Its positive impact to the region reflects a growing, vibrant community as well as the increasing emphasis aviation is having worldwide, reflecting the growing need for a next generation of aviators, engineers, and experts in global security and intelligence, safety science, and cyber technology. The Airshow is proving a tool for the Prescott region to highlight its contributions to our nation and the world.

“The Airshow is a great example of the appreciation the university has for the community and the community has for the university,” Kidrick added. “Our Chancellor and Mayor are to be commended for their clear leadership to accomplish so much together– now and into the future, for this and other joint initiatives.”

The 2020 Wings Out West Airshow is currently scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3.

To view a brief recap video of the 2019 Wings Out West Airshow, go to: https://youtu.be/QDvTUIHpqBc

To learn more about ICAS, go to: https://www.airshows.aero/