US preclearance facility opened in Abu Dhabi airport

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By TESTCustomwebLP TESTCustomwebLP January 27, 2014 20:26

US preclearance facility opened in Abu Dhabi airport

A new preclearance facility has opened in Abu Dhabi’s airport, which will allow those travelling from the United Arab Emirates to the United States avoid long US Customs lines. This is the first preclearance facility in the Middle East and will directly benefit Etihad Airways.

The fact that the UAE will pay 85% of the costs associated with the facility and that the facility will benefit Etihad over US carriers has drawn criticism from various parties the US.

“We are more than willing to compete against any airline in the world, including state-sponsored Middle East entities. However, Middle East entities that already enjoy generous state sponsorship should not receive additional government support from the U.S. taxpayer,” Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association President Capt. Mark Richardson said in a statement.

Etihad has stated that additional flights to the US will be processed via the facility in the coming days and that it plans more routes this year to Los Angeles and Dallas.

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