Austin airport tower resumes operations after closing due to COVID-19 case

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Bergstrom International Airport says normal operations are restarting after its tower was closed temporarily Monday afternoon due to a COVID-19 case.

The airport says to still expect flight delays into the afternoon and evening.

Earlier in the day, the airport wrote on Twitter around 3:45 p.m. the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily closed the tower for disinfection protocols, and some flights will be delayed for both arrivals and departures.

“During this time, arrivals and departures will be occurring at a significantly reduced rate,” AUS said at the time on Twitter.

The FAA later said in a statement to KXAN, “The air traffic control tower and TRACON at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reported a COVID-19 case today. The FAA implemented a ground stop affecting some arriving traffic at 3:00 p.m. local time.”

The FAA said air traffic controllers worked from another location while the tower was being cleaned. The administration has a plan for every air traffic control facility, it said, and remains on alert to address any COVID-19 situation.

Additionally, every air traffic control facility has a backup plan in case it has to temporarily close, according to the FAA, and these protocols were in place even before COVID-19.

People can either contact their airline for more information on their flight or find the latest flight information online here.

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport tower (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport tower (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport tower (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

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