Customs Facilities to be Renovated at LMM Airport
Aerostar Airport Holdings, the company that operates the Luis Muñoz Marín (LMM) International Airport in Carolina, will invest $4 million in the construction of new facilities for the U.S. Customs & Border Protection.
The facilities to be located in Terminal A, will occupy 30,000 square feet, where there will be a center for passenger documentation processing, an area for administrative support and sanitary facilities. Once completed, the facilities will have the capacity to support the processing of 400 airline passengers an hour.
The facilities will allow passenger traffic to go much faster through the terminal and will count on an area of 5,000 square feet for visitors’ baggage claim. Furthermore, the renovated area will have space to perform security checks for those passengers who have connecting flights in Puerto Rico as they travel to their final destination.
Construction should be completed by September of this year.
Puerto Rico Secretary of State Víctor Suárez Meléndez participated in the groundbreaking ceremony at the airport.
Aerostar, a Puerto Rico-based joint venture of Highstar Capital and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, the latter of which operates the airport in Cancún, Mexico and eight other airports in southeastern Mexico, was tapped by the Puerto Rico government to run LMM Airport under a 40-year public-private partnership (P3) deal that took effect in early 2013. The P3 deal calls for Aerostar to invest nearly $1.4 billion over the life of the lease to transform the airport into a world-class gateway.
Since taking over management of Puerto Rico’s main international airport, Aerostar has invested an estimated $937.4 million in remodeling and modernizing the facilities.
—Editor Rosario Fajardo contributed to this story.