Customs, border protection facility opens at airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Nov. 10 announced the opening of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility adjacent to one of the airport’s three 10,000-foot-long runways. The larger, upgraded space within the Gateway Aviation Center will enable CPB to more efficiently and securely provide federal inspection services for international passengers and cargo, according to a press release.

Gateway Airport’s CBP facility is staffed during business hours on weekdays and is available 24 hours a day by appointment.  The office complements the flight support services provided by Gateway Aviation Services, the airport’s fixed base operator for commercial, corporate, military and general aviation customers.

“Our ability to provide U.S. Customs services at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport creates additional air transportation opportunities and economic benefit for the entire region,” said J. Brian O’Neill, executive director/CEO of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, said in the release. “With three 10,000-foot runways and a Foreign Trade Zone designation, businesses from all sectors are realizing the many advantages of locating at or near the airport.”

Mesa Mayor John Giles, chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority said, “The new offices for customs and border protection will facilitate additional corporate travel between Phoenix, Mexico and Canada and improves upon the wide range of service offerings already available at Gateway.”

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is the 43rd busiest Airport in the U.S. based on operations and is home to dozens of companies including Cessna, Embraer, Able Engineering and many others that collectively employ over 2,000 people at the airport.

For more information about the airport, visit www.gatewayairport.com.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. PMGAA consists of representation from Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix and Apache Junction.

Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 38 cities via Allegiant and welcomes more than 1.3 million passengers each year.  Corporate, military and general aviation customers are served by the Gateway Aviation Center, a 24-hour full service FBO just north of the passenger terminal.

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