Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to designate Plattsburgh International Airport as a Port of Entry instead of a user-fee airport. This designation change will save the Plattsburgh International Airport roughly $600,000 per year.
Currently, Plattsburgh International Airport is designated as a user-fee airport, which requires the airport to pay out of pocket for CBP services, such as security screenings, cargo security and examinations, and immigrations inspections.
“I’m working to ensure Plattsburgh International Airport is equipped with the resources it needs to continue meeting the transportation needs of families in Upstate New York and the North Country and providing access for tourists visiting our region,” Stefanik said. “Plattsburgh should be eligible for these important services, and I will continue pushing for results on their behalf.”
In the letter, Stefanik urges CBP to level the playing field and provide the Plattsburgh International Airport with services it needs to continue to grow and thrive.
“Given the authority provided in TD 82-37 and CBP’s precedent terminating the user-fee status of airports, I request CBP provide my office with information regarding why the agency refuses to designate PBG as a POE and terminate their user-fee status. There should be no delay in providing PBG with the same services provided other airports in the region,” Stefanik wrote.
Read the full letter here.