SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined San Antonio International Airport (SAT) in opening Texas’ newest General Aviation Facility, today.
The new state-of-the-art facility will begin welcoming travelers aboard private and general aircraft to the state’s Alamo City this afternoon.
“CBP is happy to partner with the San Antonio International Airport on this facility which will accommodate the growing private and general aircraft industry here,” said CBP Director of Field Operations Judson W. Murdock II. “This is a great example of public-private partnership as the winners are not only the employees who will staff this facility, not only the city who will reap economic dividends from this investment but travelers who choose to land here will have a better travel experience because of the technology invested at this facility.”
The General Aviation Facility at SAT has been in the works since 2012 when CBP and the city signed a memorandum of agreement recognizing the need for a new facility. Last fiscal year, CBP processed more than 22,000 international passengers choosing to fly into the GAF here.
“We’ve seen as many as 83 general aviation flights in a single day,” said CBP Port Director Lois Hunter. “This is in addition to the workload that continues in the commercial environment at SAT.”
International passengers arriving at the GAF who are Trusted Travelers will recognize the Global Entry kiosks in the Federal Inspection Services as CBP installed two machines to accommodate its GE members.
The city’s request to be an airport of first landing was approved in 2009. This designation allowed private aircraft to fly from international locations directly to San Antonio without having stop at a border port for CBP processing. In its first year with this designation, CBP in San Antonio processed more than 20,000 international passengers aboard general aviation aircraft. Those numbers grew to nearly 32,000 international travelers using the GAF at SAT.
CBP’s dual mission is to facilitate trade and travel in the United States while securing the nation’s borders. To find out more about U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the San Antonio area, visit @CBPCentralTX on Twitter.
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.