JWA Applies for Port of Entry Status with CBP
In November, John Wayne Airport submitted a formal request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for Port of Entry status. Supported by the Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Visitors Association, this CBP designation is important because it will allow JWA to compete on a level playing field – both financially and operationally – with other airports which currently hold Port of Entry status.
In the United States, airports that serve international passengers are designated by CBP as either a “Port of Entry” or a “User Fee Airport.” At Ports of Entry, the federal government is responsible for all costs associated with federal inspection services. At User Fee Airports, these costs are borne by the Airport and, ultimately, by the air carriers providing the service.
Initially, CBP advised that the Airport would need to operate as a User Fee Airport because its international service was new and uncertain. That’s no longer the case! AirTran and Interjet’s nonstop service to Mexico has proven to be very popular with travelers. Between June 2012 and October 2013, nearly 370,000 travelers flew between Orange County and Mexico. In fact, JWA served more international passengers last year than some other airports in California, including Oakland, Ontario, Sacramento and San Jose…all of which have Port of Entry status.
JWA thinks it has made a strong case for the Port of Entry designation and is looking forward to a positive response from CBP in the near future.