Weyers Cave, Virginia, July 7, 2020 – The Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) announces new procedures and terminal updates as an increased number of air travelers return to the skies. The #SHDcares program was developed with passenger safety and comfort in mind, following guidance from the CDC as well as experts in the aviation industry.

“As passengers begin to resume travel we know that safety is at the forefront of their minds throughout the trip” says Greg Campbell, Executive Director for the airport. “The new additions we have made as part of the #SHDcares initiative are very complementary to the procedures in place from our partners with SkyWest and United to keep passengers safe in the air.”

SHD passengers can expect the following when visiting the airport:

  • Enhanced Cleaning Procedures – Cleaning routines have been increased for high-touch surface areas and staff is using an electrostatic sprayer to regularly disinfect all surface areas, including those that are difficult to reach with manual cleaning.
  • Floor Markers and Signage – Visual reminders encouraging passengers to observe proper social distancing are located throughout the terminal and screening area.
  • Protective Shields – Customer service counters and gate areas are equipped with acrylic shields for maximum protection of passengers and staff.
  • Hand Sanitizer – Extra wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed throughout the terminal for passenger convenience. SHD is also providing travel-size containers of hand sanitizer to passengers at the security checkpoint.
  • Face Coverings – Per state of Virginia and CDC guidelines for public spaces, all airline and airport staff members in the passenger terminal will wear face coverings. United Airlines also requires face coverings for passengers.

In this new era, the Shenandoah Valley Airport reminds travelers to take into consideration the natural advantages of choosing a local airport when booking a flight as opposed to driving hours to a larger one. Shorter lines at check-in and security, plus less crowding overall, mean that it will be easier to responsibly social distance from fellow passengers. Recommended check-in time before flights remains one hour prior to departure at SHD resulting in more time at home rather than waiting in the airport. Less time is also spent at the airport on the return home.

“It’s important for travelers to know that while some things have visibly changed at SHD due to the pandemic, a lot remains the same.” said Heather Ream, Director of Marketing and Communications. “We’re still connected to United’s network at two major hubs, Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD), making it easy for our passengers to reliably get where they need to go while traveling smarter and taking advantage of a less-crowded, more enjoyable travel experience.”

Flights from Shenandoah Valley Airport (SHD) can be booked at United.com.