New GA Customs Facility Debuts at Cincinnati Airport

 - February 4, 2021, 11:06 AM
The Wheels Up Jet Center at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is now home to a new U.S. Customs facility, which will streamline the international arrivals process for private aviation in the region. (Photo: CVG)

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has improved its arrivals processes for international general aviation flights with last week’s opening of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility.

Located in the Wheels Up Jet Center (formerly the Delta Jet Center), the lone FBO on the field, the $1.2 million, dedicated general aviation facility was paid for by the airport. Adjacent to the terminal, the facility is operated by CBP officers and is staffed daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., with after-hours service as available.

“This new facility provides updated technology and a secure location for our officers to simultaneously complete our anti-terrorism mission and give the public better access to these necessary services,” said Richard Gillespie, Cincinnati’s port director. “With this modernized general aviation facility, we will enhance public safety while continuing to support legitimate trade and travel.”

Gillespie told AIN that before the opening of the new facility, GA clearance was performed on an ad hoc basis at the airport with some flights being rerouted to other entry ports. The new CBP facility will now standardize the procedures, he said.

“This was an important project for CVG as it expands the U.S. Customs clearance capabilities at our airport, benefiting private jet travelers and making CVG even more efficient and accessible,” added airport CEO Candace McGraw.