California Airport Added to CBP List of User Fee Airports
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule that, effective Sept. 26, adds John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., to the list of user fee airports. This rule also reflects the Oct. 2007 renaming of the Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
An airport may be designated as a user fee airport if CBP determines that its volume of business is insufficient to justify the funding from federal appropriations of customs services for the processing of aircraft entering the U.S. and the passengers and cargo of those aircraft. Such services are paid for by the user fee airport, which is then reimbursed by the recipients of the services. Generally, the type of airport that would seek designation as a user fee airport is one at which a company such as an air courier service has a specialized interest in regularly landing.