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.
Queen Beatrix International Airport
Starting early next year, private aircraft traveling to the U.S. from or via Latin America will be allowed to pre-clear all U.S. Customs and Immigration at Aruba’s general aviation terminal, operated by Universal Weather & Aviation subsidiary Universal Aviation Aruba. The U.S. and Aruba reached the agreement in May this year, making Aruba the first country in the world to sign such a pre-clearance agreement with the U.S.
Universal Aviation Aruba will be able to pre-clear visitors for all U.S. customs and immigration at Aruba’s general aviation terminal starting early next year, according to Universal Weather & Aviation. The pre-clearance capability stems from an agreement signed by the U.S. and Aruba in May, which made Aruba the first country in the world to be able to offer pre-clearance.
Operating in Aruba became easier last month after the opening of a 16,000-sq-ft general aviation terminal at Queen Beatrix Airport in the capital city of Oranjestad. The terminal is being operated by Universal Aviation Aruba, a subsidiary of Universal Weather & Aviation.
The Aruba Airport Authority has awarded Universal Weather & Aviation the concession to build and operate a new general aviation FBO at the Reina Beatrix Airport. The new terminal building will have direct access roads and customs and immigration facilities on-site.