By Nicole Ortíz
Special to News is my Business
As thousands of travelers gear up to hop on a plane this week to spend Thanksgiving Day with their families and friends residing outside Puerto Rico, Aerostar Airport Holdings, the company that manages the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, has put together a list of tips to improve the experience at the Carolina hub.
Plan your trip in advance: It is never too early to start planning. Scheduling your trip in advance will allow you to find good travel deals and choose good seats. Remember to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior your flight if it’s domestic. If your flight is international should be at the airport at least three hours before. Use caution and consider any mishaps you may encounter on the road.
Choose the best days to fly: Remember, during Thanksgiving week there’s high occupancy at airports. So if you want to travel this week, keep in the mind the day that before Thanksgiving, Wednesday and Sunday after the holiday are the busiest days of the year in an airport.
When traveling with pets: Check your airline’s travel policies for regular pets and service animals. The LMM has a pet park located on the first floor of Terminal B.
Be an ally of technology: Use all the tools that the Internet provides. Get your boarding pass from home, check traffic before you leave and check that your flight is on time. Aerostar recently launched a website for LMM that allows you to see real-time flight status and information for travelers.
Once you’re at the airport…
Remember that the LMM airport is being remodeled: To continue operations as normal as possible, airlines were moved to Terminal A and D. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, U.S. Airways, Southwest Airlines, Copa Airlines, Spirit Airlines, WestJet Airlines and Condor, began offering their services from Terminal D where Seaborne Airlines and American Airlines are also located. Cape Air, Liat, Tradewind Aviation, Vieques Air Link, Air Sunshine and charters flights airlines are offering their services from Terminal A at JetBlue Airways.
All baggage bound for the United States must pass through Agriculture: There are certain restrictions for food in luggage. For a list of what you can bring, visit http://aeropuertosju.com/pasajeros/usda/.
Have an official photo ID on hand: Travel with your passport or driver’s license in hand. Put them in a safe place for easy access at the different security points. For more information visit http://aeropuertosju.com/pasajeros/identificacion/.
Upon passing through the security checkpoint: It’s necessary to have a bag where you can keep certain liquids, gels and aerosol which content don’t exceed 3.4 ounces. For more information go to http://aeropuertosju.com/pasajeros/equipaje/.