Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3562 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
I thought Alaska Airlines was launching non-stop SNA-YVR (John Wayne's website even has a press release about it). What happened to it? It doesn't look like the route is currently flown. Was it ever flown? Will it be in the future?
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
I never really understood this entire story.....while i understand, of course, that the YVR flight is trans-border and thus international, dont most, if not all, pax travelling from Canada to the US, pre-clear US formalities in Canada prior to departure? Flights from Canada operate into LGA and DCA all of the time.
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
Dutchjet says: if not all, pax travelling from Canada to the US, pre-clear US formalities in Canada prior to departure? Flights from Canada operate into LGA and DCA all of the time.
You bring up an interesting point. Why do Canadian flights have to clear U.S. customs in Canada? I travel to Canada a lot and I've always had to clear U.S. customs in Canada regardless of what Canadian airport I fly out of or what U.S. airport I fly into.
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1641 times:
Spyderz -- I looked and I couldn't even find a one-stop flight. Everything was a change of planes.
In regards to pre-clearing customs, I think it is more of a convenience thing for US-Canada passengers (don't quote me though). So many international flights come into many airports in the US that it would overburden US customs facilities to have to process all the passengers from the Canadian flights as well. I, for one, am grateful to pre-clear Customs in Canada. The thought of dealing with Customs at LAX for a short flight from YVR is dreadful!
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2607 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1621 times:
I wondered about this too. If flights can pre-clear US Customs, what's the need? Perhaps AS is not a signatory to this pre-clear agreement at YVR? But that can't be it, because they have flight from YVR to other US cities.
There has to be more to this story than meets the eye. I can't imagine AS suddenly not remembering that there aren't Customs facilities at one airport or another.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1569 times:
AS didn't "forget" to arrange customs clearance. All Alaska flights from YVR pre-clear US customs. The problem is that SNA is neither a "Customs Landing rights" airport, nor an "international airport of entry." All flights from Canada to the US land at one of these two types of airports. Only after service had started did Customs agents inform AS of the problem. Apparently, U.S. Customs agents are required at the airport so that "spot inspections" can be performed.
Currently, the flight only operates on weekends, with one stop in SEA.