Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico has completed the deployment of Steril-Aire ultraviolet-C germicidal irradiation (UVGI) systems as part of its indoor air quality control upgrades.

For removing and decontaminating airborne pathogens and other toxins, the solutions sterilise heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

This is done by targeting the DNA of microorganisms and destroying their cells, thereby minimising their replication.

For ensuring a comprehensive sanitary environment, UVC provides continuous HVAC surface and airstream decontamination to reduce airborne mould and bacteria.

The vendor further stated that the systems offer reduced maintenance costs and energy savings, supporting the airport’s sustainability plan.

Mayor of Albuquerque Tim Keller said: “The Sunport has been one of many city services that has remained operational throughout the course of the pandemic, providing essential services to folks while putting health and safety at the forefront of its operations.

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“First with the addition of autonomous disinfecting robots and now with the installation of this UVGI technology, the Sunport continues to be at the forefront of cleanliness technology helping to keep our community healthy.”

The deployment of the ultraviolet-c indoor air quality (IAQ) system builds on the airport’s other measures taken to lower the spread of Covid-19 and other airborne illnesses.

These improvements were executed by utilising a share of the $48.8m in federal funds obtained by the Aviation Department from three rounds of Covid-19 relief grants.

Albuquerque City Aviation Director Nyika Allen said: “Addressing indoor air quality with science-backed UVGI technologies is the next evolution for the Sunport in creating an even safer, cleaner and more sanitary environment through Covid and beyond.”

Albuquerque International Sunport is owned and operated by the City of Albuquerque’s Aviation Department.

As New Mexico’s largest commercial airport, it handles more than five million passengers annually.