US Seeks Customs Preclearance at London Heathrow and Japan’s Narita Airports

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American Airlines Applauds Plans To Improve International Travel With Expanded Preclearance Facilities.

London Heathrow Airport and Japan’s Narita International Airport are among the airports that could receive U.S. customs preclearance operations, part of an effort to improve security as well as travel conditions.FORT WORTH, Texas, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines applauds today’s announcement by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for their plans to enter negotiations to expand preclearance operations to 10 key gateway airports – seven of which are served by American. “Expanding air preclearance is a tremendous step forward for improving the overall travel experience for our customers and welcoming more visitors to the United States,” said Robert Isom, chief operating officer for American Airlines. “Preclearance eases the congestion at our U.S. gateway airports and ensures our customers get to their destinations faster.JetBlue Airways Corp. (NASDAQ: JBLU) President & Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes issued the following statement on today’s announcement in New York by the U.S.

The U.K.’s Manchester Airport is on the list, along with airports in Belgium, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Once landed, they would not have to be rescreened. “A significant homeland security priority of mine is building more preclearance capacity at airports overseas.

I want to take every opportunity we have to push our homeland security out beyond our borders so that we are not defending the homeland from the one-yard line. In addition to providing a chance to “stop potential threats before they arrive on U.S. soil,” the process helps reduce lines at U.S. airports receiving many international travelers, the DHS said Friday. Together with regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

Air Canada Rouge flies from Vancouver to Kahului Airport on Maui. “We’ve been pushing for preclearance for two years, and it has gone from pie int he sky to reality,” said Sen. Airports such as New York’s LaGuardia can accept international flights from preclearance cities even though they don’t have international facilities. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Gil Kerlikowske. “Where we can identify foreign airports willing to partner with us, additional preclearance agreements will further protect the safety and security of our citizens while also streamlining legitimate travel and commerce.” JBLU 1.20 % said preclearance sites “are an important tool to enhance our nation’s security and reduce the number of travelers clearing Customs stateside—and that ultimately reduces wait times for travelers on all airlines.”

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