Report highlights Pre-checking DR flights to the US will boost trade, tourism and employment

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WASHINGTON , DC February 9, 2022.- A report on the economic impact of the pre-authorization program for flights to the United States from airports in other countries ensures that it creates “economic development because it promotes increased trade and attracts new companies, encourages investment and create jobs.

When Immigration and Customs of the United States does the pre-check or pre-authorization at the origin airport, that flight arrives at the destination US airport as a domestic flight, freed from complying with these procedures for its passengers and cargo, which facilitates the speed of the process. of arrival. This opens access to dozens of US airports that do not have Immigration and Customs services for international flights.

The report on the economic value of preclearance was prepared by the Airports Council International of North America (ACI-NA), which represents commercial airports in the United States and Canada, and was released last week.

The Dominican Republic signed a pre-authorization agreement in 2016 to include the pre-authorization process at Dominican airports that would give access to at least 66 airports in the United States, and is pending approval in the Constitutional Court. The airports of Las Américas, La Romana, Punta Cana, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Samaná and Pedernales can benefit when it is inaugurated.

“Airports and governments have worked together for decades to improve the cross-border flow of travelers, and the prior authorization of the United States serves as a model for expansion both in North America and around the world”, Michael Landguth president of the Raleigh-Durham Port Authority, in the USA.

He assured that the report confirms that prior authorization “supports long-term economic growth and investment in the regions where it has been implemented, improves the passenger experience and creates new opportunities for airports.”

“Prior authorization operations are not just a convenience for Canadians traveling to the United States. It is a catalyst that drives travel and tourism, investment and trade,” said Montreal Airport President Philippe Rainville, who also chairs a committee of Canada’s largest airports.

In Canada, the 8 largest airports benefit from prior authorization, in which 180,000 flights to 66 airports in the United States were processed in 2019.

Rainville explained that preclearance, in addition to hub airports, provides access to regions of the United States that lack customs, immigration and other services, “creating direct links between Canada and smaller communities” in the United States.

The prior authorization of the United States, exposes the ACI-NA report, benefits passengers, airports, airlines and local economies.

For local economies, pre-authorization is an opportunity for development due to the increase in trade, tourism, new companies and the promotion of investment and job creation, including in airports due to the creation of positions to deal with the increase in the flow of passengers. and load.

In the case of passengers, he says, because it reduces the waiting time for inspection and clearance, they arrive at less congested rooms and do not have to go through immigration and customs upon arrival; and to airports, it creates new direct routes with competitive advantages for other travelers to the United States.

Airlines have access to less expensive US domestic airports, with more flexible arrival times, reduced penalties and costs associated with repatriation of inadmissible passengers, and the ability to establish new routes to desirable destinations.