Albuquerque Sunport receives a brand new air high quality system for disinfection

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A new air quality control system is now installed at the Albuquerque International Sunport. The city hired California-based Steril-Aire to install a system in their HVAC system that uses ultraviolet light to kill airborne viruses, allergens, and other toxins.

The company says it’s 99.6% effective. “When the pandemic broke out last year, there was obviously more emphasis on indoor air quality and killing important bacteria in the air,” said Steve Gitkin, Vice President of Steril-Aire.

The city used federal COVID aid to pay for the system. It comes because Sunport is seeing an increase in the number of air travelers. According to Sunport, the last 30-day average showed a 220% increase over the previous year. They also say the new systems add an extra layer of protection.

“The health and safety of travelers and the community has been and is our number one priority,” said Nyika Allen in a press release from Sunport, Director of Aviation. “Improving indoor air quality with scientifically based UVGI technologies is the next development for Sunport to create an even safer, cleaner and more hygienic environment through COVID and beyond.”

The Steril-Aire UVGI systems were also installed on the following city buildings:

  • Albuquerque Regional Shipping Center
  • City / state buildings
  • Law Enforcement Center and APD Main
  • Many facilities for family and community services
  • Sunny spot
  • All buildings owned downtown

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