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The Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport is the only general aviation airport in the Carolinas and one of about 50 in the nation, to offer international customs.

20 February 2015

By Carolyn Steeves, The Enquirer Journal

Members of the community cut the ribbon at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection building. 

The Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport is the only general aviation airport in the Carolinas and one of about 50 in the nation, to offer international customs. 

“This is a game changer,” Chris Platé, executive director of economic development and aviation, said. He said it differentiates the airport from the rest of the country. 

The project began around 2011 and has cost about $1.5 million so far. 

Platé said it is part of the overall strategy to tie together the aerospace industry and the existing international companies in Monroe, among other elements. 

He said it helps to make Monroe a “unique location that people see value (in).”

He added that the terminal will help to make the city stand out when recruiting businesses. 

In the early planning phases, Platé said they were anticipating about two or three users a month. However, as the terminal came closer to its opening date, inquiries increased. 

“I think we’re going to see a lot more activity than anticipated,” Platé said. 

Prior to the Monroe opening, Charlotte-Douglas Airport was the closest airport with a Customs and Border Patrol inspection location. 

Upon arrival, international travelers will report to the office with documentation. They, and their cargo, will be inspected by a customs official before leaving. 

There are about 17 international companies with offices in Monroe, including companies from Germany, France and others. 

Airport Manager Peter Cevallos said at the ribbon cutting that it was a “tremendous step” in marketing for the City of Monroe.



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