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CVG expands international clearance capability with new General Aviation Facility

Erlanger, Ky. (January 29, 2021)  The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is now a direct international destination for private aircraft thanks to the opening of a new general aviation facility (GAF) at CVG’s fixed-base operation – Wheels Up Jet Center (formerly Delta Jet Center). The GAF will provide on-demand, onsite U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) clearance for private aircraft, allowing private aircraft to clear customs at CVG ensuring that travel and trade can move more expeditiously through the airport. Previously, CBP provided customs clearance for private aircraft on a limited, case-by-case basis.   

The $1.2 million construction project, led by the airport, is now open and operational. CVG Airport engaged Wheels Up, the current private jet operator, to use an existing portion of its facility for the GAF. CBP will staff and operate in the facility in partnership with Wheels Up.  

“This was an important project for CVG as it expands the U.S. customs clearance capabilities at our airport, benefiting private jet travelers and making CVG even more efficient and accessible,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG Airport.

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“This new facility provides updated technology and a secure location for our officers to simultaneously complete our anti-terrorism mission and give the public better access to these necessary services,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. “With this modernized general aviation facility, we will enhance public safety while continuing to support legitimate trade and travel.”

“We are proud to be serving international private flights securely and efficiently at the Wheels Up Jet Center,” said Lt Gen (R) Tom Bergeson, chief operating officer of Wheels Up. “The redesigned facility is a world class operation, and we look forward to welcoming businesses and travelers from around the world through our doors.”

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About CVG Airport

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has been serving passengers since 1947. CVG welcomed more than 9.1 million passengers in 2019, a 2.7 percent increase over the year prior. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, CVG still offers the most nonstop destinations, airline choices, and the lowest average airfares in the region. As the 7th largest cargo airport in North America and home to the Amazon Air Hub and DHL Express Global Superhub, CVG is diversified in both passenger and cargo operations. With an annual impact of $6.8 billion on the local economy, the airport drives regional growth and remains a leader in innovation. Learn more about CVG and its response to COVID-19 at CVGairport.com/FlyHealthy.

About Wheels Up

Wheels Up, the leading brand in private aviation and the only company in the industry to offer a total private aviation solution, was founded and is led by renowned entrepreneur Kenny Dichter. Wheels Up delivers world-class safety, service, and flexibility through on-demand flights, membership programs, corporate solutions, aircraft management, whole aircraft sales, and commercial travel benefits through a strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines. Wheels Up Customers and Members have access to over 1,500 safety-vetted and verified aircraft. 

Through the Wheels Up App anyone can search, book and fly. Wheels Up Connect, Core, and Business memberships provide enhancements such as flight sharing, empty-leg Hot Flights, Shuttle Flights, Shared Flights, signature Wheels Down events, and exclusive member benefits from preeminent lifestyle brands.  The Company's ongoing Wheels Up Cares program aligns with philanthropic organizations and initiatives that affect and matter to the Company and its customers, members, stakeholders, families, and friends.  The Wheels Up Cares fleet is comprised of five custom painted Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft; each plane serves as a flying symbol for a specific cause.