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Scottsdale Airport to expand U.S. customs service hours

Scottsdale Airport will offer expanded hours for U.S. customs and immigration service starting Sunday, Feb. 9. Service hours are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week for both business and leisure travelers.



Increasing demand led to the service expansion, which is expected to generate more international airport activity and enhance Scottsdale’s appeal as an international destination.



The cost for this service is based on the size of the aircraft and can range from $50 to $750.



“Expanding the service hours supports Scottsdale Airport’s commitment to the international traveler and boosts its base as a business aviation hub,” said Scottsdale Airport Commission Chair Michael Goode. “Foreign aircraft owners destined for the Phoenix area can land at Scottsdale directly every day without an intermediate customs stop.”



There are hundreds of foreign businesses with a local presence in Scottsdale.



“Many of these businesses seek ready access to air transportation when deciding where to locate facilities,” said Scottsdale Aviation Director Gary Mascaro.



Scottsdale Airport generates about $3 billion per year in economic spinoff activity, according to the 2006 City of Scottsdale Economic Impact Study.



During the fiscal year 2012-13, 490 aircraft arriving in Scottsdale were processed by U.S. Customs. The enhanced hours are expected to increase the use of customs in a year’s time.



Book an appointment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 480-312-8483. Additional information is available at http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/airport/customs

 



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