U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) San Juan Area Port announced Thursday that Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Airport Aviation Services (AAS) opened a new general aviation processing facility at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU).
The new state-of-the art General Aviation Facility (GAF) was built in full compliance and adherence to CBP standards and guidelines to provide inspection of international flights and travelers, and would be at no cost to CBP. Along with the GAF, AAS also inaugurated a modern hangar to complement its 79,000-square-foot ramp with parking for 16 aircraft.
AAS is the first FBO to operate at the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport, beginning operations in November 1972, providing services to commercial airlines, corporate aviation companies and private flights.
“CBP welcomes the opportunity to work with private sector with the goal of improving the traveler experience upon arrival into the United States, therefore increasing tourism and fostering economic growth while ensuring the highest level of security,” said Edwin Cruz, San Juan Area Port Director.
“For more than 6 decades AAS provided preventive maintenance to aircraft, avionics repairs, flight dispatch and planning, sale and coordination of fuel, aircraft inspection and a range of full terrestrial support services with certified local suppliers,” indicated Dr. José A. Santana, chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer for AAS parent company Management Group Investors (MGI).