Charlotte Douglas International Airport Implements COVID-19 Building Safety Measures

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials with Charlotte Douglas International Airport say they are investing in the latest technology to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and give passengers the confidence to fly again.

“As air travel begins to pick up for spring and summer, we want to reassure our passengers and employees that CLT is providing the safest facility possible,” said Acting Aviation Director Haley Gentry. “The Airport has chosen to take a multi-layer approach by enhancing our cleaning practices as well as utilizing innovative tools for sanitation.”

Officials say the following safety measures have been implemented through CLT’s Healthy Building Initiative at the airport:

  • Bipolar ionization has been integrated into CLT’s HVAC system. This technology releases ions into the air that latch onto and take out viruses, allergens, bacteria, and airborne mold.
  • UV-C light installation is expected to be completed this month on escalators and moving sidewalk handrails. This technology eliminates harmful bacteria left on handrail surfaces as it passes through the mechanical modules, delivering nonstop sanitization.
  • Over 1,200 MERV-13 filters have been installed at the airport. This technology traps 98 percent of airborne particles including mold, pet dander, bacteria, and particles that carry viruses such as COVID-19.

Airport officials say in December, Charlotte Douglas earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star Facility Accreditation for its cleaning and infectious disease protocols.

Officials say housekeeping crews provide daily and deep cleanings, and protective shields have also been installed in all TSA security checkpoint lines and customer service counters.

“The Airport is committed to providing a healthy and enjoyable travel experience,” said Gentry. “We’ll continue to implement the highest safety standards as we welcome passengers who were apprehensive about flying in 2020 back to the terminal in 2021.”