Aerostar Airport Holdings, operator of the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, confirmed it has invested close to $70 million to repair Puerto Rico’s main air traffic hub, which sustained serious infrastructure damage in the hands of Hurricane María nearly a year ago.
The devastating storm destroyed more than 1 million square feet of the roof of the airport’s terminals and other areas, Aerostar CEO Agustín Arellano said.
Immediately after the hurricane, all airlines significantly reduced their flights in and out of the island, with passenger traffic falling by nearly 30 percent, he said.
However, nearly a year after the event, Aerostar has “managed to rebuild about 90 percent of the structure, air operations have been re-established similar to the schedules in effect prior to the hurricane and passenger traffic has regained its usual pace,” Arellano said.
The post-María recovery has required a “special effort” for the company, which has completed 100 percent of repairs to Terminals A and B, while 90 percent of the work has been completed in boarding areas A, B and C, he said. Boarding area D will be completed this year.
Also in the works is establishing a new signaling system outside the terminals, which more than replacing the existing one, it will seek to improve vehicular traffic, as well as passenger experience, he said.
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