Jetport approved for international flights


Posted 1/28/18

The Cleveland Regional Jetport is going international.

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Jetport approved for international flights


The Cleveland Regional Jetport is going international.

Jetport Director Mark Fidler gave the news Friday to the Municipal Airport Authority that approval has been given for the local terminal to be the arrival and departure point for international flights.

The news came as the Jetport celebrated its fifth anniversary of service, and Fidler said it was a “tremendous accomplishment” to achieve that status in such a short time frame.

“I am very happy to announce that on Friday, Jan. 19, Mr. Paul Allen with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal and plant health inspection services, inspected the Jetport, evaluating our facilities, procedures and capabilities for handling the international regulated refuse that comes in on international flights,” Fidler reported.

“This represents a significant advancement for our ability to provide customs and border protection services to international arrivals and departing flights,” he said.

Fidler said with this achievement, the Jetport is now the only airport of its kind in the state “to have this privilege and ability to offer this level of service to our customers.”

“We are awaiting the letter the letter from Paul Allen, which should be in the next week or so and, with that, we are good to go,” he said. “We will now be the Cleveland Regional International Jetport. That is a tremendous accomplishment.”

Fidler later explained all of this means the Jetport now has the recently-granted capabilities to grant customs clearance on the field.

In the past, international flights would have to be cleared through customs in Chattanooga before landing at Cleveland.

“In the state of Tennessee, there are only a few airports that have the capability and you have to go through an onerous process to be granted that capability through the federal government,” Fidler said. “The inspection we had last week was the final step to be granted that by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection.”

“In effect, this makes us an international terminal,” Fidler said.

The first international flight from the Jetport occurred on Sept. 11, 2014, when local businessman Allan Jones, his wife Janie, and a Jones Airways crew of four flew directly from Cleveland to Dublin, Ireland, in a flight which lasted 6 ½ hours.


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