Miami, Fla. - Customs and Border Protection, Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL), received second place honors for best U.S. Customs Facility in the 2011 Pilots' Choice Award. The association responsible for gathering the votes, Flightplan.com, is the largest professional full service flight planning and tracking system for general aviation. The Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport General Aviation Facility (GAF) and the Executive Airport ranked 1st and 2nd respectively as the busiest general aviation facility in CBP.
Approximately 45 percent more pilots voted this year than in 2010. More than 7,480 votes were casted as the pilots picked their favorites. The pilots' ranking criteria takes into account the traffic at an airport and the amount of competition on the field.
Considering FLL won 2nd place honors for the amount of flights they process is impressive. Port Director George Roig is extremely proud of CBP Fort Lauderdale International Airport's accomplishment. "This award is clear validation of the professionalism and dedication that the men and women of CBP Fort Lauderdale exhibit on a day-to-day basis to secure our nation and facilitate travel," said Roig.
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.