Gimpo Airport, formerly known as Kimpo Airport, located near downtown Seoul, South Korea, reopened last month to international business aircraft operations. The airport had been open to domestic flights only since Inchon International Airport, 32 miles from downtown Seoul, opened in March 2001. Gimpo operating hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The customs and immigration clearance office operates between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
NBAA has received reports of changes to customs clearance procedures at some airports for international general aviation aircraft arrivals. In Los Angeles, for the time being, aircraft that have heretofore cleared U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Van Nuys Airport, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and Long Beach Airport must now clear customs at Los Angeles International Airport, according to a customs official.
Contrary to earlier reports that aircraft flying into the Dallas area from international departure points could clear U.S. Customs only through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, customs can be cleared at Addison Airport, Dallas Love Field and any other general aviation airport in the area. Nevertheless, operators are advised to verify customs clearance procedures before departure.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has agreed to extend the hours of customs operations at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Executive Airport (FXE) from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The trial period started June 27 and will be in effect for 120 days, at which time Customs will assess whether or not the extra hours of service should be permanent and whether additional staffing and more coverage will be needed.
Operators of foreign business aircraft need all the help they can get in China. Shanghai’s Foreign Aircraft Service (Fasco), operating since 1988 under the authority of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, can secure necessary government approvals in as timely a manner as possible. Fasco operates a dedicated business aircraft ramp at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.
“The TSA’s decision to expand the number of gateway airports for general aviation flights into DCA represents another positive step in restoring full access to the airport for our industry,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
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