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Puerto Rico air passenger traffic dropped 89.7% in May

By on June 4, 2020

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

ASUR announces latest totals: 96.6% decline in Mexico, 99.8% in Colombia

SAN JUAN — Mexico-based airport group Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), which has operations in Colombia and is a 60% joint-venture partner in Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC, the operator of Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, announced Thursday that passenger traffic for May decreased 96.1% when compared with the same month last year.

Passenger traffic decreased 89.7% in Puerto Rico, 96.6% in Mexico and 99.8% in Colombia, “impacted by severe downturns in business and leisure travel stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company said.

In Puerto Rico, the Federal Aviation Administration accepted a request from the governor that all flights bound to Puerto Rico land at Muñoz Marín Airport and that all passengers be screened by representatives of the Puerto Rico Health Department.

“As a result, the LMM airport remains open and operating, albeit with substantially reduced flight and passenger volumes. Mexico and/or the United States may issue flight restrictions similar to those issued in other parts of the world, which would cause a significant further reduction in ASUR’s operations,” the release reads.

Including Puerto Rico’s Muñoz Marin, ASUR’s portfolio consists of concessions to operate, maintain and develop 16 airports: nine in southeast Mexico, including Cancun Airport; and six in northern Colombia, including Medellin international airport (Rio Negro).