Flybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1145 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 9 months 3 days ago) and read 3918 times:
Someone told me one time, any airport where you can get a direct connection to another airport that has airlines that fly out of the US, you can use the International Airport designation. The trouble with that, just about any airport would become eligible for the international designation. I have come across some truly small international airport, but I'm still not sure how the designation is assigned. While these example aren't really small airports, I don't think Bellingham, in Bellingham, WA nor Hancock in Syracuse, NY fly internationally, with the possible exception of Canada.
How the heck does this work???
CO737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 days ago) and read 3873 times:
I'm pretty sure (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) but an airport is considered international if it has customs and immigration based there, even if there aren't any scheduled international flights. For example, Grand Forks (KGFK) is considered an international airport because it has customs on site, even though the only scheduled flights are to MSP. Hope that helps.
Jcded From Switzerland, joined Jan 2004, 213 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3627 times:
I think that the flights that go to LGA (and maybe DCA) from Canada and to Canada have customs taken care of at the Canadian Airports, Toronto Pearson for Example has US customs on site before you board the aircraft.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
I might be mistaken, but for Canada flights, the customs are actually in Canada, so you clear customs prior to boarding the flight - I think that's how it works some places (like LGA & DCA - since setting up customs & immigration for just those few AC flights would be too much).