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Is It An International Airport?

Wed Mar 03, 2004 3:28 pm

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.
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RE: Is It An International Airport?

Wed Mar 03, 2004 3:40 pm

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.

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RE: Is It An International Airport?

Wed Mar 03, 2004 3:50 pm

It's my understanding that any airport can be considered an interntional airport as long as it has customs inspectors on site or within reasonable call time.
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RE: Is It An International Airport?

Wed Mar 03, 2004 3:57 pm

DAB is an "International airport". However I am not aware of any current international flights to or from there. Looks like CO737 and Skip7966 answered this one for us. Thanks!

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RE: Is It An International Airport?

Wed Mar 03, 2004 9:37 pm

Have you given any consideration about cargo? They need customs as well.
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RE: Is It An International Airport?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:16 am

Tulsa International has a customs office on-site. But I always had the impression that the office was there for cargo, not passengers. It's in a separate facility, south of the terminal.

On the other hand, DCA and LGA have non-stop service to points in Canada, but neither has an international designation. If there is a customs office at either airport I haven't seen it.

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RE: Is It An International Airport?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:21 am

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.

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RE: Is It An International Airport?

Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:30 am

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).

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