Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field is the first Atlanta metro-area general aviation airport to offer on-site U.S. Customs services with full staffing, according to Hawthorne Global, the sole FBO provider at the field. “Travelers to our Atlanta FBO now have easy access to U.S. Customs, making it an international destination for private jet travelers,” said Hawthorne Global president Bryon Burbage.
A Beechcraft Premier I was the first aircraft to use the Customs facility, flying directly from Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, according to FlightAware. The Customs office is located near Hawthorne’s south terminal at the airport. In addition to on-site Customs, the Hawthorne Atlanta FBO has more than 500,000 sq ft of hangar space and a 6,000-sq-ft passenger terminal on the north side of the field.
McCollum Field is the second busiest general aviation airport in Georgia and offers the longest general aviation runway—6,295-foot Runway 9/27—in the Atlanta area. Recent airport improvements include repaved taxiways and a new control tower.
The $800,000 facility broke ground in September 2014, along with the airport's new air traffic control tower. Together, the projects celebrated a joint ribbon-cutting on June 11, 2015.