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Airline Passengers Arriving in Puerto Rico will Be Placed Under 14-Day Quarantine

By on March 23, 2020

View from inside Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

Starting Wednesday, Commercial Flights Can Only Land in Muñoz Marín Airport

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced announced Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized her request to deal with the pandemic that all commercial flights land in Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (LMM) starting Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

“We are very grateful that the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] has accepted our request. This is something historical, since we are the first jurisdiction to receive tools from the federal air regulator to control air traffic amid the COVID-19 threat,” Vázquez said in a statement issued by her office.

The governor stressed on Twitter that “our call is that every traveler who has coordinated a trip to Puerto Rico, knows that no matter the activity or the reason that brings them to our island, once they enter Puerto Rican soil, they will be on lockdown 24/7 for 14 days. You will not be able to carry out any activity that requires you to leave your hotel and / or home. Our recommendation is that you do not travel to Puerto Rico during the emergency.”

The FAA approved redirecting airlines such as JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta, United, etc. (FAA Part 121 operations) to only be allowed to land at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (LMM). 

These “will no longer be able to land at Ponce and Aguadilla international airports,” the governor’s office said. “This will allow a more centralized screening with more technology.”

All chartered aircraft and general aviation (small private planes) can only land in Aguadilla, Isla Grande and Muñoz Marín airports. 

“Before, they could land at seven airports: Culebra, Vieques, Ceiba, Aguadilla, Ponce, LMM, and Isla Grande,” the press release reads, adding that those same kinds flights may land 

Cargo flights are not subject to the restrictions.

In the Vázquez administration’s press release, the executive director of the Ports Authority, Joel Pizá emphasized that “it is the first time that a territory or state is granted this type of extraordinary request. We thank the administrator of the FAA, Stephen Marshall Dickson, and the Federal Department of Transportation for responding to our request quickly, given our situation as an island, and a fundamental part of our efforts to control the entry of possible cases of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico. These measures take effect immediately.”

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