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For January reopening of Aguadilla and Ponce airports | government

Given the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in states such as Florida and New York, the new date for the reopening of commercial flights at the Rafael Hernández international airports in Aguadilla and Mercedita in Ponce was set for January 1 2021, announced today the executive director of the Ports Authority, Joel Pizá.

“The decision was made in coordination and in consultation with the airlines that serve these two airports. If there were a reduction in Covid-19 cases in these states, the Aguadilla and Ponce airports could reopen sooner, "said Pizá, who thanked JetBlue, Spirit and United airlines for their cooperation and understanding.

He explained that the new date responds to the need to minimize contagion, protect the health of passengers and employees at airports, and not have to highlight additional National Guard and Health personnel outside the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, where the screening and monitoring efforts of passengers arriving from the United States.

For greater control of passengers arriving on the island, Pizá Batiz recalled that thanks to an unprecedented waiver granted last March by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), commercial flights to Aguadilla and Ponce are currently redirected to Luis Muñoz Marín.

"We urge passengers to travel to Puerto Rich to have the Covid-19 molecular test done about 72 hours before, as indicated by the executive order of the governor, and the rest of the population to use the mask, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently, to thus minimize contagions and win the battle against this virus, "concluded Pizá.

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