By Staff writer
The facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and one of the few worldwide
A total of 615,478 passengers used the US pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi International airport in 2015, to process their arrival documents before landing in the United States.
Of these passengers, 106,851 started their journey from Abu Dhabi, while the remaining were transfer passengers who chose to transit through Abu Dhabi.
Located in the airport's in Terminal 3, the facility is the first of its kind in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, which helps passengers travelling to the US to avoid immigration, customs and security clearance procedures upon arrival.
“Our vision is to become the world’s leading airports group and we strive to achieve the highest standards in all that we do. By providing facilities such as this one, we are taking the passenger experience to the next level”, said Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports.
The implementation of the pre-clearance facility has brought about a number of key benefits, including the introduction of the most advanced baggage screening technology which meets United States TSA security standards, allowing air travellers who connect onto a US domestic flight to have their baggage checked through from Abu Dhabi to their final destination.