After working to encourage United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to offer services at Van Nuys Airport, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas joined Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in welcoming those services, beginning in 2015.
LAWA and Signature Flight Support, who will operate a dedicated customs facility at the airport, announced plans for the facility and services today. The facility will allow civil aviation aircraft that have been forced to stop at other airports to clear customs to do so at Van Nuys Airport. The costs to build and operate the facility will be paid by user fees at the airport.
“Van Nuys is one of the busiest and most important civil aviation hubs in the country,” said Cárdenas. “With this service and facility available, aircraft coming in from other countries can use Van Nuys for the convenience and ease of access that domestic flights have always enjoyed. The increased capacity will create a positive economic impact on Van Nuys, the airport and the entire Valley.”
Van Nuys Airport currently has four Fixed Base Operators for private aircraft, as well as passenger lounges, fueling service and maintenance areas. More than 270,000 aircraft operations were undertaken by the airport last year, contributing more than $1 billion to the Valley economy.