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San Francisco Airport Runway Closure Prompts Delays, Cancellations

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Travelers flying into and out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) should anticipate potential headaches this month as construction is currently underway on the airport’s busiest runway.

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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 28L runway serves approximately 68 percent of the airport’s flights. Repair efforts began on Saturday and are scheduled to continue through September 27 and cost about $17.2 million.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware.com reported SFO experienced 109 cancellations and 270 delays on Saturday.

As of Sunday at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET), the airport was reporting 106 flight cancellations and 130 delays.

According to the Chronicle, officials said that delays averaged two hours on Saturday but are expected to worsen Sunday since more flights are scheduled.

United Airlines is SFO’s largest operator and has been hit the hardest by the runway closure this weekend. As always, passengers are encouraged to check their flight status prior to arriving at the airport.

SFO is the nation’s eighth-busiest airport with more than 470,000 flights in 2018.

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Delta Air Lines Upgrades Health, Safety Guidelines

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As travel restrictions are lifted, Delta Air Lines has implemented a series of health protocols to keep passengers safe as they fly again during the coronavirus outbreak and moving forward.

From the time customers check-in for their flights until they collect their bags at the final destination, Delta officials claim the company’s main focus has shifted to the health and safety of passengers.

In the airport, travelers will notice check-in lobbies, self-service kiosks, gate counters and baggage claim are thoroughly wiped down throughout the day, while electrostatic spraying will take place in the planes and throughout terminals.

In addition, Delta continues to install plexiglass shields at check-in counters, in Delta Sky Clubs and at gate counters throughout the United States. Social distance markers will also be added at all of the airports served by the airline.

Hand sanitizer stations will also become easily accessible throughout the facilities.

“The (travel) experience is a very comfortable, a very safe experience, we have taken actions, even above and beyond what the CDC has recommended to ensure safety,” Delta Chief Customer Experience Officer Bill Lentsch said in a statement.

As for the actual onboard experience, Delta is now boarding passengers back to front and limiting it to 10 customers at a time to minimize your contact with others. The carrier is also blocking middle seats, adjusting capacity numbers and requiring face coverings.

Before passengers board the planes, cleaning crews complete an extensive checklist of procedures using high-grade disinfectant to wipe down personal and common areas of the cabin.

Delta also temporarily streamlined food and beverage offerings to reduce touchpoints, with snack bags given out during the first pass through the cabin by flight attendants.

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