There is good news for Indian air travellers, flying with Etihad Airways to the United States. They can now clear U.S. customs and immigration at Abu Dhabi airport, enabling them to arrive in the U.S. as domestic passengers.
In a statement, Etihad Airways said the pre-clearance facility allows passengers to be processed through U.S. immigration and customs, public health, and Department of Agriculture inspections before boarding their aircraft, eliminating the need to do so on arrival in the U.S.
Indian air travellers, flying with Etihad Airways, can now connect from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram, via Abu Dhabi, to Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C., the statement added.
It said Etihad Airways will continue to expand and build depth into its flight network in 2014 benefitting Indian air travellers, with fights to Jaipur to start in April, and Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth to join the network in June and December respectively.