Skagit Regional Airport welcomes U.S. Customs and Border Protection services
Friday, June 28, 2019
BURLINGTON -- The Port of Skagit on June 19 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of U.S. Customs and Border Protection services at Skagit Regional Airport.
The service enables the airport to receive direct international flights, ensuring corporate jets have direct access to Skagit County, said EDASC CEO John Sternlicht.
"Decision makers who travel on corporate jets want to know they'll have access here, particularly those coming from Canada," Sternlicht said. "This is a great step toward Skagit Regional Airport defining itself as a corporate air center."
The Skagit Regional Airport has been transforming into a business airport since 2007 after the idea was written into its master plan, said Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin.
The Port of Skagit has made numerous strides over the years to make that happen, including repurposing a pair of airport offices to accommodate U.S. Customs and Border Protection needs, and getting help from Rep. Rick Larsen to enable small airports to utilize customs services.
Port of Skagit Commissioner Dr. Kevin Ware said the addition of customs service is a big win for economic development in Skagit County.
“Airports are like a world freeway and you need international access,” he said. “It will be much more convenient for corporate jets to fly directly to Skagit rather than stopping in Bellingham or elsewhere to go through customs.”