Air travellers on all Etihad Airways flights to
the United States will soon be able to experience the benefits of
arriving in the US having precleared US Customs and Border
Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport.
From Thursday, 15 January 2015, 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
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief
Commercial Officer, said, “We’re delighted that from this Thursday
all air travellers flying to the United States from Abu Dhabi will
enjoy the benefits that US customs and immigration preclearance
offers. Since its opening in January last year,
the US preclearance has been extremely popular with air
travellers, particularly those from the Indian Subcontinent and
Middle East region. More than 325,000 people have passed through
the facility, arriving in the United States as domestic
The preclearance process allows
passengers to pass through all
required checks including US customs, immigration and security
while in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight to
the US, enabling them to avoid queues on arrival.
Another key benefit of US preclearance is that baggage security
screening 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.
Abu Dhabi Airport is one of a small group of airports around the world to
offer passengers preclearance into the US.
its first 12 months of operation, the US preclearance in Abu Dhabi
has improved the passenger experience through the introduction of
automated passport control (APC) kiosks and greater numbers of
officer processing desks.
The self-service APC
kiosks expedite the US entry process for American, Canadian, and
eligible visa waiver program (VWP) international travellers, by
providing an automated process through US preclearance’s primary
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