Pilot flight centers will begin operating flights between the United States and Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday.
“We are working closely with the FAA and other federal, state and local authorities to establish a robust and resilient operation plan for operations, maintenance, and support, including the deployment of additional fuel tanks, air traffic control and other critical resources,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said the announcement was an important step toward a full recovery of Puerto Rico.
The FAA said it has approved a proposal to begin operations on Nov. 15, and is in the process of establishing an air traffic command center in Puerto Rico to coordinate the movement of passengers, crew, cargo and supplies.
In an email, Rossello said the FAA has been coordinating with the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Coast Guard and other agencies to develop the plan and plan for the recovery of the islands.
The Puerto Rican government is requesting that federal aid be made available for the islands as they recover, Rosselo said.