ISLAMABAD: Air travelers on all Etihad Airways flights to the United States, including travelers from Pakistan, from this week will be able to experience the benefits of arriving in the US having pre-cleared US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport.
From January 15, US preclearance will open for the early morning EY103 to New York JFK and EY183 to San Francisco flights, both of which conveniently connect with inbound services from Mumbai, Delhi and other cities in India and the Indian Subcontinent.
The new early morning US preclearance operation complements the mid-morning one which caters for Etihad Airways passengers on flights to Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York JFK, and Washington, D.C., who all proceed through the facility, says a press statement issued here on Monday.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said that from this Thursday all air travelers flying to the U.S from Abu Dhabi will enjoy the benefits that U.S customs and immigration preclearance offers.
He said since its opening in January last year, the US preclearance has been extremely popular with air travelers, particularly those from the Indian Subcontinent and Middle East region. He said more than 325,000 people have passed through the facility, arriving in the United States as domestic passengers.”
The preclearance process provides passengers with the unique opportunity to pass through all required checks including US customs, immigration and security conveniently while in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight to the US, enabling them to avoid queues on arrival.
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