Airlines for America Applauds DHS for Expansion of International Pre-Clearance Roll Out

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announced intention to further expand preclearance facilities in regions served by U.S. airlines.

“U.S. airlines drive $1.5 trillion in economic activity, and by improving the passenger experience for visitors or those returning to the United States, while improving security, we can build on that,” said A4A President & CEO Nick Calio. “The addition of these pre-clearance airports will help increase safety and security while improving the passenger experience with shorter wait times and quicker connections on arrival in the U.S.”

The addition of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, London Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airport, Madrid-Barajas Airport, Brussels Airport, Tokyo Narita International Airport, Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Oslo International Airport, Punta Cana International Airport, and Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) pre-clearance program brings the agency one step closer to its goal to have a third of all U.S.-bound air travelers undergo pre-clearance by 2024.

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Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America (A4A) vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.

America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs. A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.

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