Charlotte, N.C.-U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport reached a milestone this month by processing the one millionth international passenger through the facility during this fiscal year. International operations commenced in 1987 with a flight from London, United Kingdom and have gradually increased since that time to flights from over a dozen countries having direct flights into Charlotte-Douglas International.
"We are very excited about the growth in Charlotte, both for the city, our partners and the economic benefits that this brings to the area. Growing to this degree is not achieved without great working relationships with our federal, state, local and airline partners, in addition to the tremendous support given to us by Jerry Orr and the Charlotte-Douglas Airport Authority. We are very fortunate to be working together in the Carolinas," said Charlotte Area Port Director Patty Fitzpatrick.
On a Thursday evening Ms. Marie Marielle Arnemann Noboa, three years of age, accompanied by her father off a flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, became the millionth passenger to be processed by CBP at this facility since October 1, 2009, the start of the fiscal year for CBP.
"International passenger counts at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport have continued to grow steadily since 2000 and we are excited to have reached the milestone of one million passengers processed with Ms. Noboa as the honoree for this eventful achievement," said Atlanta Director of Field Operations Robert Gomez.
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport currently processes approximately 2,000-5,000 international passengers on a daily basis.
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.