Puerto Rico's government plans to invest $38 million to develop the island's airports as part of an effort to create jobs, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said.

The projects will be funded with $25 million from the private sector and $13 million of federal and Puerto Rican government funds, the governor said in a statement.

Some 200 service sector jobs will be created, as well as 400 jobs during the construction phase.

"With this plan and the accompanying investment, we will expand the contributions of all our regional airports with the goal of creating jobs and establishing the conditions for sustainable economic development," Garcia Padilla said.

The plan calls for building a new warehouse and cargo distribution center at Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla.

Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport on the island of Vieques will get new retail space and a community area where about 50 craftsmen and artists will be able to exhibit and sell their wares.

The airports in Humacao and Arecibo will be turned into aviation education and recreation centers, Garcia Padilla said.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport in Mayaguez will add facilities to make it the Caribbean's leading aviation education center.

A terminal will be added to San Juan's Fernando Ribas Dominicci Isla Grande Airport, while the runways of the Mercedita Airport in Ponce will be upgraded. EFE