NEXUS Program Improvements Welcomed by Airports

WASHINGTON and OTTAWA– Airports Council International – North America and its Canadian division, the Canadian Airports Council today welcomed program improvements to the NEXUS trusted traveler program, which streamlines international travel for members of the bi-national program shared between the U.S and Canada.

“Enhancing the passenger experience is a top priority for North America’s airports and the NEXUS program has resulted in increased efficiencies for frequent travelers between the U.S. and Canada,” said ACI-NA President Greg Principato.  “NEXUS is an excellent example of U.S.-Canada cooperation and the program enhancements announced today will benefit its members.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada Border Services Agency today announced a series of steps to streamline and expedite applications and renewals in the program as well as to increase awareness of NEXUS and its benefits among the travelling public.

“ACI-NA also looks forward to the implementation of another element of the Beyond the Border action plan for perimeter security when Canadian NEXUS members will be allowed to participate in TSA PreCheck,” Principato concluded.

In 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the United States-Canada joint declaration, Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.  Beyond the Border articulates a shared approach to security in which both countries work together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders, while expediting lawful trade and travel.

About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports.  Collectively, U.S. airports employ more than 1.3 million people and account for $1.2 trillion in economic activity—or seven percent of the total U.S. workforce and eight percent of GDP.  Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada's GDP. Learn more at www.aci-na.org.