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United States preclearance at Abu Dhabi Airport set to operate for all US-bound flights

posted on 13/01/2015: 3229 views



Air travellers on all Etihad Airways flights to the United States from this week will be able to experience the benefits of arriving in the US having pre-cleared US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport.

From Thursday 15th January US preclearance will open for the early morning EY103 to New York JFK and EY183 to San Francisco flights, both of which conveniently connect with inbound services from Mumbai, Delhi and other cities in India and the Indian Subcontinent.

The new early morning US preclearance operation complements the mid-morning one which caters for Etihad Airways passengers on flights to Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York JFK, and Washington, D.C., who all proceed through the facility.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' Chief Commercial Officer, said, "We're delighted that from this Thursday all air travellers flying to the United States from Abu Dhabi will enjoy the benefits that US customs and immigration preclearance offers.

"Since its opening in January last year, the US preclearance has been extremely popular with air travellers, particularly those from the Indian Subcontinent and Middle East region. More than 325,000 people have passed through the facility, arriving in the U.S. as domestic passengers." The preclearance process provides passengers with the unique opportunity to pass through all required checks including US customs, immigration and security conveniently while in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight to the US, enabling them to avoid queues on arrival.

Another key benefit of U.S. preclearance is that baggage security screening meets U.S. TSA security standards, allowing air travellers who connect onto a US domestic flight to have their baggage checked through from Abu Dhabi to their final destination.

U.S. preclearance at Abu Dhabi Airport is the only one of its kind in the Middle East, and the United Arab Emirates' capital is one of a small group of airports around the world to offer passengers preclearance into the US.

During its first 12 months of operation, the US preclearance in Abu Dhabi has improved the passenger experience through the introduction of automated passport control (APC) kiosks and greater numbers of officer processing desks.

The self-service APC kiosks expedite the US entry process for American, Canadian, and eligible visa waiver programme (VWP) international travellers, by providing an automated process through US preclearance's primary inspection area. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395274967742.html

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