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Monroe Airport flying international

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The Charlotte Monroe Executive Airport has taken the necessary steps to start accepting international flights.

"They can land directly right here," airport manager Peter Cevallos said. "We have a number of international companies that are within the vicinity of the airport that are going to be able to take advantage of having their executives come in from overseas, Canada, Mexico -- land at our airport, clear customs and go directly to a meeting or a visit or whatever they need to do."

The City of Monroe has spent roughly $5 million on the project, according to communications officer Pete Hovanec. He says the city is confident that setting up it's federal inspections station will bring in more international flights/planes to boost the local economy.

"A corporate jet can be anywhere from $5-30 million for one aircraft," Hovanec said. "And the property tax value that the city and the county receives on that is equivalent to a Wal-Mart shopping center...and not having to provide the schools, the police and all other materials that go along with maintaining and paying for that Wal-Mart or Target shopping center, in one aircraft, and reaping the benefits of that through property taxes and sales taxes -- it's just enormous."

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is where international flights would land locally. Monroe says it hopes for even those passing through the region and needed to land for a quick re-fuel will now land at the less-crowded Monroe Airport.

The customs office will not be staffed 24-7. What will happen is that international flights will make appointments and customs agents from Charlotte Douglas will come to Monroe and handle the necessary procedures there.

The runway at Monroe Airport has been extended from 5,500 feet to 7,000 feet and reinforced for heavier aircrafts.

Monroe Airport plans on building additional hangars to house corporate jets that can get much use from the additions.


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