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Flying to New York City

The Big Apple, better known as New York City (NYC), is the most densely populated and diverse metropolis in the United States. The city is home to more than 8 million people, speaking as many as 800 languages. New York is made up of five boroughs, each with their own culture and atmosphere. These are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

New York is arguably the financial and cultural capital of the world. Manhattan boasts the largest central business district of any city, and the most affluent real estate market in the world. The city contains some of the planet’s most iconic structures and landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, the United Nations Headquarters, Rockefeller Center, Broadway and Times Square. Visitors can also explore more than 80 museums and many famous parks throughout the five boroughs.

In 2015, NYC welcomed a record-breaking 60 million tourists, with 12 million of them from outside the United States. The Big Apple is known as the city that never sleeps. It is famous for its special nightlife, with entertainment, transportation, restaurants and shopping all available 24 hours a day.

U.S. Landing Rights, eAPIS and TSA Waivers

Landing rights are not required for domestic flights within the United States. International flights are required to file an eAPIS. Landing rights only apply to international operators. If an operator is planning to land in 2 or more locations within the U.S. they will need an online TSA Waiver approval, plus landing rights for each of the locations.

For acquiring clearance and landing rights, Customs Border Protection (CBP) require pilots of private aircraft to transmit the passenger manifest electronically for each individual traveling onboard the aircraft. The original arrival and departure manifest must be submitted via eAPIS. Although the pilot will still be the main responsible party, regulations also allow the pilot to designate a trip support company to transmit the information to CBP. A confirmed manifest may be submitted in advance, up to one hour prior to departure from origin. CBP recommends that operators do not submit the manifest until the flight details and traveler list have all been finalized.

As per the TSA-related NOTAMs issued on December 11, 2015, operators of aircraft under 100,309 lbs maximum takeoff weight no longer require TSA Waivers when flying within the U.S., unless their aircraft are registered under “special interest” countries. The special interest countries list currently includes China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, and Syria. Operators of aircraft registered under these countries require a TSA Waiver for all flights within U.S. airspace, territories, and possessions. They also need Special Routing Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). TSA Waiver approval usually takes 5 to 7 working days.

Jetex Flight Support recommends that operators inform us of their flight schedule as soon as possible, to allow sufficient time to check CBP office hours for intended airports. Different airports have different CBP timings. If in case CBP is closed during a date or time at your preferred location, Jetex will advise an alternate option accordingly. CBP overtime may be possible at some locations or instances, but only at the CBP’s own discretion.

Crew and Passenger Visas

In general, all foreign citizens who wish to enter the United States must obtain a visa first, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay, or a transit visa. Visas can be obtained as crewmember (D) visas, transit (C-1) visas, or combined C-1/D visas.

Primary and Secondary airports

There are multiple airport options for flying into New York City. We would suggest John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK) as the Primary, and LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA) as the secondary option.

JFK is situated in Queens borough, 20km southeast of Lower Manhattan. It is ranked as the busiest airport in New York City, handling over 55 million passengers in 2015. LGA airport is located in the northern part of Queens. The airport served about 31.4 million passengers in 2015, making it the third busiest airport in NYC. Newark Liberty International (IATA: EWR, ICAO: KEWR) combined with JFK and LGA create the largest airport system in the U.S. in terms of passenger traffic.

Tips for operators: AOE, CBP hours, slots, parking, restrictions and FBO services

Both JFK and LGA offer Airport of Entry (AOE) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CBP normal operating hours for JFK are Monday to Sunday, 06:00 until 16:30 local time. Aircraft arriving after the operating hours (arrivals between 23:00 until 06:00), will need to call and confirm with JFK CBP by 17:00 on the preceding day.

LGA airport regular CBP operating hours are from Monday to Sunday 08:00 until 22:00 local time. Operators arriving after the regular hours need to be confirmed with LGA CBP by calling before 20:00 on the preceding day.

Booking airport slots is not required at JFK. However booking is required at LGA. Slots timings are limited at LaGuardia, from Monday to Friday 06:00 until 21:59, and on Sundays from 12:00 until 21a:59. With the exception of TSA Waivers, all other services can be arranged for these two locations within 24 to 48 hours. Random restrictions are sometimes announced for different reasons such as VVIP movements. Operators are therefore advised to plan ahead, and check for any NOTAMs updates.

Aircraft parking permits are not required at either airport. Long-term parking can be granted, however this is subject to availability. Both airports are equipped with full ground handling services, and offer VIP FBO lounge facilities. Helicopter transfers can also be arranged at both airports.

Flying to New York with Jetex Flight Support

Jetex is established and well-connected in the US. We have our own operations team on standby in Miami, Florida to ensure that every aspect of your travel is taken care of, anywhere within the U.S.

Jetex offers a full range of trip support services, including in-house flight planning, NOTAMs, arrangement of permits, TSA waivers, landing rights, and eAPIS. We can also arrange ground handling, fuel uplift, catering, HOTAC, transportation, tours and more.

For further information on Jetex services in the U.S., please call our team in Miami on +1 305 306 4000 or email itp@jetex.com

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