Where are you going first? Maybe you’re ready to start crossing destinations off your bucket list, or perhaps you want to go somewhere just because you can. Either way, there are some things you need to consider first before you travel post COVID-19 quarantine. Whether you’re going domestic or international, different places have different restrictions and guidelines.
Are you planning to travel internationally?
Mexico: Popular tourist spots like Cancun, Los Cabos, and Cozumel all have slightly different plans to reopen. However, most places are planning to start opening in some capacity by the first and second week of June. Mexico is already planning a major campaign to get tourists back. Hotel capacity fell to as low as 2.8 percent in Cancun during the height of COVID-19. If you’re planning a trip to your favorite spot in Mexico, it’s best to look up what Mexican state the city is in and see what their plan is for reopening.
Canada: Want to go north of the border? Well, right now, you can’t. The United States and the Canadian border are going to remain closed until June 21st, at least. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says an additional 30-day extension is not out of the question.
Central America: The majority of counties in Central America are shut down to tourists to some extent. The only exception is Nicaragua, which never really shut down. Belize, a popular stop on cruises, is not allowing tourists until at least July 1st. Panama has taken one of the strictest stances out of any country in Central America. Panama citizens are still in quarantine, and the country’s leaders are working on the gradual lifting of restrictions. If you’re planning a trip to Central America this summer or fall, you need to do your research before booking any flights. Each country is doing things differently.
Aruba: It’s looking like July 1st is the day international travelers can head back to Aruba. The Aruba Tourism Authority is asking travelers to contact your hotel and airlines if you already have a trip booked. They are asking you to confirm your hotels are going to be open, and your airline is indeed flying to Aruba.
Bahamas: Each island has different restrictions and different reopening dates. If you’re planning a trip here, make sure you the island you’re going to is open and international travelers are allowed.
Dominican Republic: As of now, tourism is starting on July 1st. However, the countries leaders say that date could change.
These are just a few of the popular spots CRW passengers visit. For a complete list of countries around the world. Including Europe and Asia, check out this article by “The Points Guy.” The material is regularly updated as countries make changes to their guidelines.
Are you wondering about a flight to different states in the United States? Much like the international community, each state’s restrictions and guidelines are different. At CRW, we have flights that go to Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, and Florida. And starting later this summer, the seasonal flight to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Washington, D.C.: The nation’s capital started a four-phase reopening process on May 29th. In phase 1, gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited, and restaurants can only do outdoor dining. Outdoor memorials and spaces at the National Mall and memorial parks are open, except for the Washington Monument, Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, and Old Post Office Tower Tour.
Pennsylvania: Each county in Pennsylvania is under different restrictions and timetables. If you’re planning a visit here, you can find a break down on the state’s health department page.
North Carolina: North Carolina is in phase 2 of their “Safer at Home” reopening plan. This phase runs through at least June 26th. The biggest question for North Carolina, are beaches open? Each beach is open to a different degree; most of the popular ones are open to some degree, though. Retail is open at 50 percent capacity, as are restaurants. Large venues, like sports stadiums, are open but with restrictions. Indoor music venues, bars, bowling alleys, etc. are still closed.
Georgia: Most businesses in Georgia are open with restrictions.
Illinois: Illinois has a five-phased reopening plan. It splits the state into four regions that can move through the five phases at different times. However, all four areas are in phase three right now. In phase three, bars and restaurants are open for delivery, pickup, and drive through only. Retail stores are open, but with capacity limits. State parks are open. Activities with ten or fewer people are permitted.
Florida: Florida has a four-phase plan to reopen. The state is currently in phase two. Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and the Volcano Bay water park are planning to open on June 5th. SeaWorld Orlando is preparing a June 10th reopening, and Walt Disney World theme parks are planning to reopen on July 11th. When these parks open, capacity is going to be limited; guests will have to wear masks and get their temperature taken upon arrival. Bars and restaurants across much of Florida are opening on June 5th. This does not include Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Restaurants and bars are going to operate at 50 percent capacity. Entertainment venues like movie theaters, concert houses, bowling alleys, and arcades are also opening at 50 percent capacity on June 5th.
South Carolina: South Carolina’s stay-at-home order expired on May 4th. Beaches, restaurants, bars, and retail stores are open. Some of these businesses have their own guidelines.
If we did not cover your final destination, here is a complete list of all the state’s restrictions and guidelines!
The skies have missed you. They are eagerly awaiting your return. When you decide to jet again is, of course, up to you. However, states across the country are starting to ease COVID-19 restrictions, and Yeager Airport is hard at work putting plans in place to keep you safe and comfortable when you walk through our doors.
Yeager Airport, in partnership with Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) along with hundreds of other member airports, is busy planning to welcome you back to travel. Our staff has been on weekly strategy calls since the beginning of the pandemic. ACI-NA has put together a passenger survey to assist airports in planning for post-COVID-19 travel.
We are asking all of our passengers, former, current, and future, to take this short survey (Available Here). We want you to feel comfortable coming to CRW. Your answers ensure that we can provide for you a safe and comfortable experience at Yeager Airport.
Thank you in advance for your time and answers! Stay safe, and #FlyCRW.
The Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) is the voice of North American airports, representing local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA is the largest of the five worldwide regions of the Airports Council International (ACI). Our members represent more than 300 airports operating in the United States and Canada and nearly 400 aviation-related businesses. More at https://airportscouncil.org/.
When COVID-19 took hold over the United States, the entire country came to a halt. Shops closed, restaurants shut their doors and stay-at-home orders were put in place. With those protective measures in place, air travel came to an abrupt stop. Fast forward a few months, and the wheels of the country are slowly starting to turn again.
As we begin the long road back to normalcy, what is air travel going to look like? Airports across the country are going to have their own guidelines, but the airlines are also going to have new policies.
Let’s take a look a the guidelines from the four air carriers that service Yeager Airport.
Delta – Passengers and employees are being required to wear a mask or an appropriate face-covering starting at the check-in lobby and across Delta touch points. That includes Delta Sky Clubs, boarding gate areas, jet bridges, and onboard the aircraft for the duration of the flight.
Certain seats on the aircraft are also going to be blocked off. First Class seating is going to be capped at 60 percent, and the rest of the cabin is going to be capped at 50 percent.
American – Passengers are being required to wear a face-covering while flying, except very young children or people with a condition that prevents them from wearing one. Your face covering is going to have to be on before boarding the plane.
United – Passengers and employees are being required to wear face coverings while on the aircraft. Small children, people with certain medical conditions are not going to be required to wear a mask. Temporarily shutting down self-service kiosks in most locations. Passengers are also being asked to self-scan boarding passes at the gate. Boarding fewer people at a time.
Spirit – Passengers and employees are being required to wear face coverings on the aircraft. Small children are exempt.
TSA has also updated some of its policies and procedures. If you are not able to renew your expired license, you may still use it as an acceptable form of identification at the checkpoint. TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses a year after the expiration date, plus 60 days after the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency. You’re also allowed to bring hand sanitizer in your carry-on bags until further notice. The bottle has to be 12oz or less, and the bottle may need to be screened separately, which may add time to the checkpoint screening.
Yeager Airport is also asking passengers to maintain proper social distancing guidelines. We have put markings down at the TSA checkpoint to keep people six feet apart. Our support services staff has also been cleaning the entire airport four times a day, since the beginning of March. They pay special attention to high touchpoint areas like doors, check-in areas, seating at gates, and bathrooms. We ask that while you are waiting at the gate to allow a seat between you and other passengers.
We are looking forward to seeing our passengers again. We have been working hard to prepare to welcome you back. If you have any questions about Yeager Airport is doing or has done to keep you safe, don’t hesitate to call. If you have specificquestions about your airline, please visit their website, the links are below. Stay safe and remember, #FlyCRW!
For more information regarding airline COVID-19 policies please see links available here: Airline Information
For one night only, more than a dozen airports across North America will come together for the JetStream Music Festival, an online celebration of local music. Hosted by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from the “Live Music Capital of the World” in Austin, Texas, the free, multi-hour livestream will take place at 6 p.m. EST on May 6 on participating airports’ Facebook Live. Each airport will feature a musician local to their city in support of the creative community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Participating airports include:
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – host
- Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ)
- Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
- Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)
- Evansville Regional Airport (EVV)
- Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)
- Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
- John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)
- John Wayne Airport (SNA)
- Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)
- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
- Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
- Portland International Airport (PDX)
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
- Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
- Yeager Airport (CRW)
“For so many airports across North America, live music entertainment in the terminal has become a fun way to delight and engage passengers,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Despite the sudden and significant drop in passenger traffic at North America’s airports because of the coronavirus health pandemic, this effort by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and many other North American airports provides a unique opportunity to connect with their passengers. We look forward to hearing these musicians again in airport terminals soon.”
The lineup features a diverse range of acts, representing each city’s unique music culture. The full lineup for the Festival will be released later this week. Austin’s Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez, will perform and host the event.
Festival viewers will be able to tip musicians throughout the performance and learn about organizations assisting the communities in each city. Viewers can also join in the celebration using the hashtag #JetStreamFest.
“Live music brings Charleston together. Whether it’s down on the levee, or at one of the many venues downtown. It’s something people here are passionate about,” said Yeager Airport Director, Nick Keller. “We can’t get together right now, but that doesn’t mean the music has to stop.”
Beyond the music, viewers will hear from leadership at many of the airports. Airports across North America remain open for essential travel and vital cargo. Employees in these facilities are working around the clock on enhanced cleaning operations, continued airport maintenance and operations, security, and more. Airports are a critical component to the supply chain—including for medical supplies—and continue to provide services for those who must travel.
For more information—including how to tune in—click here.
The livestream will be brought to you by Streak Systems, a tech concierge focused on creating and maintaining technology systems in your home, work and live events.
Working from home, homeschooling kids, businesses closed.
Everything we typically think of as normal is different right now. So during all of this, what can you do to bring some sense of normalcy back to your life?
The answer to that question is going to be different for everyone, but at CRW we know our loyal travelers might be eager to book their next trip. Maybe you have built-up rewards miles with your favorite airline and you’re ready to use them, but you aren’t sure how or when to book rewards flights.
First things first, if you’re worried about losing your status with your favorite airline, many of them are offering extensions through 2021. The status you have now may be locked in for another year, regardless of how many miles you rack up. So check with your airline about their extension policies for rewards members.
If you’re ready to start booking flights for later in the year, now could be a great time to use your rewards points or miles. If that is you, The Points Guy is a great resource to track all of the deals. Some popular domestic destinations are going for as little as 4,000 miles each way. There are international flights during the 2020 holiday season that are going for 120,000 miles round trip.
If you plan on booking using your rewards or miles right now, it’s important to know your airlines’ cancellation and rebooking policy. Airlines have been adjusting their policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Make sure you contact your airline before booking, so you know their current policy.
As we continue to move through this ever-changing situation, it is hard to tell what the future holds. But now might be the right time to, at the very least, see what deals are out there to use your hard-earned rewards. What could be a better escape than dreaming about your next trip?
Remember to #FlyCRW
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump announced a one year delay for the REAL ID drivers license requirement.
The REAL ID, or Federal ID, is going to be required for anyone traveling on an airplane in the United States. The law was set to take effect on October 1, 2020, but is now being pushed back until October 1, 2021.
“States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs,” said Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. “Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs.”
Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005. The law established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.
In West Virginia, if your drivers license has a gold star in the upper right hand corner, it is a REAL-ID. For more information about REAL-IDs, or how you get one please click the links below:
FAQs about REAL-IDs: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions
How to get a REAL-ID: https://transportation.wv.gov/DMV/DMVFormSearch/Drivers_Licenses_REAL_ID_cards_brochure.pdf