Miami - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is committed to facilitating the flow of legitimate travel while ensuring the primary mission to protect the American public from terrorist and the instruments of terror. In an effort to meet the needs of South Florida's general aviation community, CBP will be extending the daily hours of operation at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Beginning Oct. 23, CBP will operate at the airport from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
"South Florida is a mecca for international travel arriving from Bahamas, Caribbean islands, central and south America. CBP is committed to meeting the needs of our private sector," said Port Everglades CBP Port Director Jorge Roig. "The convenient location to downtown Ft. Lauderdale and easy access to major roadways makes Ft. Lauderdale Executive airport an ideal location for this growing market."
Out of the top ten general aviation facility airports for international travel in the U.S., five are located in South Florida. Of those five, Ft. Lauderdale Executive currently ranks second busiest. Last year arriving international passengers at Ft. Lauderdale Executive showed a double digit increased year to date of 14 percent from 24,808 in fiscal year 2010 to 28,306 in fiscal year 2011. Total arriving aircraft grew 2 percent during the same period.
With the future of international travel on the rise and South Florida clearly a favorite hotspot for entertainment and warm water beaches, CBP will be ready to accommodate the traveling public.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.