Sheltair has officially opened its newly renovated 10,000ft² general aviation Federal Inspection Station at its FBO complex at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Following a US$2m renovation, the US Customs entryway has been totally modernized to meet the needs of today’s general aviation traveler and includes a new ramp access location, expanded processing areas, state-of-the-art security technology and an improved interior layout for more efficient passenger flow.
Last year the airport welcomed 53,754 general aviation passengers and crew and over 13,000 aircraft requiring Customs clearance. Sheltair began closely coordinating plans for renovation with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) several years prior to the new facility’s renovation. It also teamed with Singer Architects to facilitate the design and GSD Contracting, LLC for the construction of the project.
Sheltair’s chairman, CEO and founder Jerry Holland stated, “This is an extraordinary example of how a public–private partnership can benefit the general aviation community, the regional economy and the reputation of FLL as a passenger friendly destination. Credit should be given to our colleagues at the Broward County Aviation Department and CBP for their leadership and cooperation as we cut the ribbon to open this installation.”
“As the primary agency charged with the safeguarding of our nation’s borders, US Customs and Border Protection is very pleased to be inaugurating this wonderful new facility to better serve the general aviation community at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport,” commented Jorge L. Roig, port director, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport & Port Everglades, Miami Field Office of Customs and Border Protection at the opening ceremony on February 11, 2016.
February 18, 2016