By Staff writer
Facility allows immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for United States to be completed in UAE capital
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Thursday welcomed its one millionth passenger.
Elizabeth Dail from Washington, departing on Etihad Airways’ flight EY131 to Washington DC, was the millionth passenger to use the facility, which allows immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for arrival to the United States to be completed in Abu Dhabi.
Passengers travelling to New York, Washington, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles on flights operated by Etihad Airways can take advantage of the service, and avoid lengthy queues upon arrival in the US.
To celebrate, Dail was presented with 250,000 Etihad Guest Miles and an upgrade to First Class for her US bound flight.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are proud to be one of the few airports around the world, and the only one in the Middle East and Africa to host this facility.”
In addition to reducing the processing time upon arrival in the US, the preclearance facility also includes the introduction of the most advanced baggage screening technology which meets United States security standards.
Khaled Al Mehairbi, senior vice president of Abu Dhabi Airport Operations for Etihad Airways, added: “The CBP is a unique selling point in the airport operation here at Abu Dhabi and has been a major factor in the success of our growing American connections.”