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1 millionth passenger clears at Abu Dhabi’s US Preclearance Facility

Published: 21/03/2016 - Filed under: Home » News »

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On March 17, 2016 many people around the world were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day but in Abu Dhabi International Airport they had a different celebration.  The 1 millionth customer, Elizabeth Dail, went through the airport’s US Preclearance facility as she headed to Washington DC on Etihad Airways flight EY 131. 

The facility allows immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for arrival to the United States to be completed at AUH.

(Photo: Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Airport Operations for Etihad Airways, Jason Greene, CBP Port Director at Abu Dhabi and Ahmad Al Shamsi, Vice President of Abu Dhabi International Airport Operations for ADAC, welcome Elizabeth Dail at the CBP facility)

Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi Airport Operations for Etihad Airways, said: “The CBP is a unique selling point in the airport operation here at Abu Dhabi and has been a major factor in the success of our growing American connections. Through connecting to cities such as New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco during this initial phase of the CBP, we’ve been able to track the success of the facility in relation to those routes. Our guests repeatedly tell us how simple the CBP facility is and we want to develop our services even further with the help of our partners at US CBP and Abu Dhabi Airports.”

Congratulations to Elizabeth Dail and to the facility as it continues its work. I have a feeling we will be celebrating its two millionth clearance before we know it.

By Elizabeth Atkinson

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