10/24/2014 12:00 AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services Coming to Van Nuys Airport



U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services Coming to Van Nuys Airport

Scheduled to launch in 2015, customs and clearance services will benefit business travelers, generate international airport activity and reduce airspace congestion.

(Van Nuys, Calif. – October 21, 2014) Van Nuys Airport (VNY) announces plans to offer U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) services for international general aviation flights, with a dedicated facility and staffing at Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation Company.

CBP services will be available in 2015 by advance reservation under the federal User Fee Facility Program, making VNY the only general aviation airport in Los Angeles to offer on-site CBP inspection and clearance services.

"The addition of CBP services at VNY will add significant convenience for travelers entering the United States from abroad," said Curt Castagna president of the Van Nuys Airport Association, an airport tenant organization that supported the launch of customs service. "Clients will be able to fly directly to VNY without an additional stop at another airport to clear customs."

In addition to saving private jet travelers time and money, the service will benefit the environment by reducing emissions from repositioning flights and decreasing overall operations within the Los Angeles basin’s congested airspace. Although customs service is available at Los Angeles International Airport, regional general aviation airports have been without CBP service since 2007 when support was withdrawn.

"Signature is proud to host the new U.S. CBP office on our leasehold," said Maria Sastre, president and chief operating officer for Signature Flight Support. "We truly appreciate our partnership with Los Angeles World Airports and the Van Nuys Airport Association to implement services that will benefit both users of business aviation and airport stakeholders."

VNY’s proximity to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Los Angeles International Airport, combined with the addition of CBP services, makes it the ideal destination for business travelers. The airport’s four fixed based operator facilities offer a full range of services and amenities including modern passenger lounges, fueling services, maintenance support, and aircraft hangar and tie-down areas.

"Having U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services at Van Nuys Airport is a great example of how local support can produce improved services at airports across the country," said Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director for Los Angeles World Airports. "Working with our partners, Signature Flight Support and the Van Nuys Airport Association, Los Angeles’ business airport will now be even more appealing and convenient for international travelers."

About Van Nuys Airport:

VNY is one of three airports owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council.

One of the world's busiest general aviation airports, VNY serves as a valued San Fernando Valley resource, providing ongoing leadership in general aviation, business and community service. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, VNY had over 270,000 operations in 2013. More than 100 businesses are located on the 730-acre airport, including four major fixed-base operators and numerous aviation service companies.

Annually, the airport contributes approximately $1.3 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 12,000 jobs. In addition, VNY provides programs to benefit local residents, along with educational initiatives and aviation-related career and training opportunities. For more information, visit

www.lawa.org/vny , follow us at Facebook.com/VNYOfficial or Twitter.com/VanNuysAirport. 

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