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Ponce, Aguadilla airports receive health accreditation


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Mercedita de Ponce and Rafael Hernández de Aguadilla international airports received accreditation certificates from the International Airports Council (IAC) after completing the Airport Health Accreditation Program, Ports Authority Executive Director Joel A. Pizá Batiz announced Monday.


The Ports chief said the authority became a member of the IAC last month, one of the leading global organizations of the world’s airport authorities, and immediately began working on the IAC’s Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) Program to have both airports accredited.


The AHA accreditation, valid for the next 12 months, is designed to help assure the traveling public that the facilities at the two airports remain safe and that precautions are being taken to reduce any risks to their health.


“We are very satisfied that these two airports of ours have obtained ICA AHA accreditation,” Pizá Batiz said in a written statement. “It provides additional certainty, both to the passengers and to the personnel who work there, that we are complying with the highest standards and adopting the best practices in the industry.”


Luis Felipe de Oliveira, CEO of IAC World, extended his congratulations to Pizá Batiz and his team at the Mercedita and Rafael Hernández airports after both facilities successfully completed the AHA Program.


“After reviewing the evidence presented through the organization’s evaluation process, its airports have shown that they are providing a safe airport experience for all travelers, and that they are in line with the recommended health measures established in the IAC guidelines for restart and recovery of the aviation business, and in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s recommendations for the recovery of aviation, and with the best practices of the industry,” de Oliveira said.


Both international airports are governed by a strict protocol for screening and monitoring against COVID-19 for passengers and workers, including the use of modern infrared cameras to detect possible carriers of the virus.


“These accreditations reaffirm the commitment of governor Wanda Vázquez Garced and the Puerto Rico Port Authority to continue ensuring the health and best interests of the users of our airport facilities, and to continue promoting the economic development of Puerto Rico through them,” Pizá Batiz said.

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