The state-owned Boca Raton Airport has taken the final step to becoming a truly international platform. Their new $4.5 million, 4,400-square-foot U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility will allow passengers arriving from outside of the U.S. to go through customs clearance on site.
Currently, international airline passengers must check in at other airports before they can land in Boca. The closest locations are the Palm Beach International Airport or The Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Florida is hoping their investment of (FDOT) state aviation grants, which accounts for about 80% of the funding according to the airport’s website, will not only offer travelers another South Florida option, but also act as an additional draw for Sunshine State travel and new business growth.
The streamlined passport check-in facility includes a waiting area and houses room for two customs agents to process passengers, luggage inspection stations, two interview offices, and a holding room.
The attractive and welcoming “boutique” airport can accommodate two large airplanes and six to eight small ones, which indicates that users of the state-of-the-art location will not have to compete with masses of peak-hour traffic or endless lines.
It is possible that the new accommodations will allow international travelers to feel more like welcomed guests with the personable, smaller-scale services at Boca Raton Airport.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at the airport will serve as a clearing station for boaters too. Incoming passengers will have 24 hours to appear at the new site for customs clearance, according to the Boca Raton Authority.
The regular hours of operation are expected to be Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with additional hours available by appointment.
A May ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to officially open the new addition. The facility will offer deeply discounted promotional rates through July.
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