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In 2010, the airport received approval from United States Customs and Border Protection (CPB) to utilize a portion of the arrivals area as an interim Federal Inspection Service (FIS) Facility to process occasional international arrivals, and Stewart International Airport (SWF) also received approval to make interim modifications, completed in February 2011, to accommodate the interim FIS operations. Restrictions under this approval precluded simultaneous international and domestic arrivals at the terminal and limited the interim operation to a two-year period. In its current configuration, the passenger terminal at SWF has only limited ability to accommodate international traffic and cannot handle international and domestic arrivals simultaneously. This limits SWF’s ability to expand service. To meet the CBP regulatory requirement to have a FIS facility compliant with CBP’s Airport Technical Design Standard, which CBP requires if SWF wishes to continue to offer international passenger service.

​The end result of that effort is a project that will deliver a best-in-class Facility for the traveling public scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2020. ​In collaboration with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the new Federal Inspection Services Facility / Terminal Expansion will provide passengers with enhanced and efficient processing and screening through a user-friendly layout with a complete range of security check-in options.

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