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U.S. Customs General Aviation Clearance Facility Opens at Leesburg Executive Airport

Post Date:02/15/2019 4:40 PM
customsLeesburg, VA (February 15, 2019) – On Friday, February 15, 2019, the new U.S. Customs General Aviation Clearance Facility, at the Leesburg Executive Airport, officially began operations. A ribbon cutting event is expected to take place in March. 

Last year, the Leesburg Town Council awarded a contract to AtLam llc for the construction of the facility at the state’s second-busiest general aviation airport. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has agreed to clear international flights at the Leesburg Executive Airport, using on-call personnel based at the Dulles International Airport. As a result, flights 
entering the U.S. from a foreign country can now receive a customs clearance in Leesburg, without having to stop at a different port of entry. 

“The new customs facility is an important service enhancement that allows for international travelers to fly directly into Leesburg from anywhere in the world,” said Leesburg Executive Airport Manager Scott Coffman, adding that it will strengthen the airport's position to serve the corporate and general aviation community.

CBP will process arriving flights at the newly designated processing facility located in the Stanley Caulkins passenger terminal. Aircraft operators are required to submit their landing rights request via Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) and contact the Dulles CBP Command Center within 24 hours of the intended arrival time. Clearance services will be provided between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.

The CBP Private Air Advance Passenger Information System (APHIS) Guide describes the requirements for aircraft clearance at a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) and is an integral part of the agreement for clearance and admissibility services. This document will assist in establishing procedures and guidelines to govern the clearance of private and charter aircraft. If approval is  denied, the aircraft will be ordered to proceed to a Dulles International Airport FBO for clearance procedures.

Media Contact:
Leah Kosin
Public Information Assistant
lkosin@leesburgva.gov
703-771-2781
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