Stockton Airport- May Get Customs Facility After All

Sockton airport moves closer to international service
The Stockton (CA) Record

Hopes to bring international flight service to Stockton Metropolitan Airport revived this week as U.S. Customs officials reversed an earlier rejection of plans for an inspection station at the airport terminal. San Joaquin County officials, who oversee airport operations, hailed the news. “Where the door was locked and shut with duct tape around it, but now the duct tape is off. The door is not open, but I see some light shining through,” county Supervisor Steve Guiterrez said today.

The county had drafted plans for a $2 million inspection station to accommodate Aeromexico Airlines service to Guadalajara this fall, but was stymied in May when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in San Francisco declined to authorize the facility.

Local legislators — Reps. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, and Richard Pombo, R-Tracy — intervened, however, and CPB officials in Washington, D.C., recently said the project, with certain revisions, may go forward.

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