Reina Beatrix International Airport Gets U.S. Customs Nod
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has designated Reina Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba, as the second international authorized pre-clearance location for general aviation aircraft transporting up to 19 passengers and crew. Ireland’s Shannon Airport was the first to receive the approval, in March 2010. While officials in Aruba will conduct pre-clearance inspections for GA aircraft seven days a week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., requests for such must be received and approved at least 24 hours before departure, and before the close of business the day before arrival. The operator must submit an electronic advance passenger information system manifest at least 60 minutes before the inspection, and all travelers and their luggage must be present during the screening process. The procedure is intended to allow examination of the crew and passenger information, luggage and any agricultural products before the aircraft heads to the U.S.