Three New 'Gateway' Airports Are 'A Positive Step' For General
NBAA is commending TSA officials for adding three new airports
to the list of twelve already serving as "gateway" facilities that
provide security checks to allow federally approved general
aviation aircraft access into Ronald Reagan Washington National
"The TSA's decision to expand the number of gateway airports for
general aviation flights into DCA represents another positive step
in restoring full access to the airport for our industry," said
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
"Safety and security
are the top priorities for general aviation, and we remain
committed to working with TSA officials to find appropriate,
workable measures that provide both security and access to the
The TSA's new gateway airports include Dallas/Love Field
Airport, Memphis International Airport and Milwaukee's General
Mitchell International Airport. Facilities already serving as
gateway airports include Seattle-Tacoma, in Washington; Boston
Logan, in Massachusetts; Houston Hobby, in Texas; White Plains and
LaGuardia, in New York; Chicago Midway, in Illinois;
Minneapolis/St. Paul, in Minnesota; West Palm Beach, in Florida;
San Francisco, in California; Teterboro Airport, in New Jersey;
Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania; and Lexington, in Kentucky.
While Bolen welcomed the added DCA entry points for general
aviation aircraft, he noted that the overall procedure required for
the aircraft to access the airport remains prohibitive, and even
unworkable, for most business aircraft operators.
"NBAA will continue working with federal security officials to
add to the number of gateway airports for DCA, and to develop more
manageable requirements for approving general aviation flights into
the airport," Bolen said.
"But NBAA views today's announcement from the TSA as another
milestone on the path toward restoring full access to the
Washington region for general aviation aircraft operators."