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Flights into Ponce, Aguadilla airports canceled

People with scheduled flights are urged to contact the airline that provides the service before going to the airport.

By The Star Staff

Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel Pizá Batiz announced Tuesday that Ponce and Aguadilla airports have registered flight cancellations, originating in the United States, due to the changes associated with the upturn in COVID-19 cases.

He urged people with scheduled flights to contact the airline that provides the service before going to the airport.

“As we have been informed, the airlines, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Ponce and Aguadilla have their work teams complete and remain ready to render their respective services,” Pizá Batiz said in a written communication. “As for the ‘ground handling’ service providers, which the airlines contract -- Aeroservice in Ponce and GMD, WASCO and COPECA in Aguadilla -- all are operational and ready to receive flights.”

The Ports chief said the flights to the Mercedita Airport in Ponce which originated in the cities of Orlando, Florida and New York (JFK), were canceled by JetBlue airline due to problems related to lack of personnel at the points of origin. Regarding the Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla, he noted that JetBlue, Spirit and United also canceled their inbound flights.

Pizá Batiz added that “the Ports Authority has sufficient personnel at both airports to attend to all its operations, including the critical components of Air Rescue, Security and Maintenance.”

“We will remain in contact with the airlines to publicize any other eventuality in the United States that may impact us,” he said. “However, due to the changing situation, we urge you to contact the airline that provides the service to confirm flights before moving on to one of these airports.”

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