Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (AUH) –

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With more than 800 US com­pa­nies Wash­ing­ton, DC, get their share of busi­ness trav­el­ers. Now AUH is propos­ing a US. Ba­si­cally, it means clear­ing cus­toms and im­mi­gra­tion be­fore touch­ing down back in the US, in much the same way as you would when re­turn­ing from Toronto or Van­cou­ver.

The move is not with­out con­tro­versy, how­ever. In­dus­try groups such as Air­lines for Amer­ica, Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional – North Amer­ica and Global Busi­ness Travel As­so­ci­a­tion op­pose the plan. Congress has also weighed in; a num­ber of Se­na­tors and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives have sent let­ters to Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Janet Napoli­tano re­quest­ing an ex­pla­na­tion for the de­ci­sion, and the ra­tio­nale be­hind choos­ing “a lo­ca­tion that is not served by any car­ri­ers based in the United States.”

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