Business Airport International: Hawthorne Global Aviation breaks ground on Customs facility


Hawthorne Global Aviation has broken ground on a US Customs inspection facility at its Atlanta Executive Jet Center/Cobb County Airport FBO. Once opened in 2015, it will be the first dedicated facility of its kind to open at an Atlanta metro-area general aviation airport and will include on-site US Customs staff.

“Travelers to our Atlanta FBO will soon have easy access to US Customs, making it an international destination for private jet travelers,” said Steven Levesque, CEO of Hawthorne Global, at the groundbreaking ceremony on September 18. “This makes our new Atlanta FBO an even more attractive option for private jet travelers to the Atlanta area.”

“We are excited to break ground on the customs building, and we anticipate that customs inspection services will be available starting in July 2015,” said Karl Von Hagel, airport manager, Cobb County Airport. “This new US Customs facility and service will make it more convenient for international travel to and from our airport.”

The new Hawthorne Atlanta FBO has more than 500,000ft² of hangar space capable of accommodating up to G-650, a 6,000ft² passenger terminal, and first class amenities such as pilot lounges and conference facilities. Hawthorne Atlanta also features extensive services for pilots including computer flight planning, weather service and after-hours fuel and emergency services. It is a full-service Shell Aviation fueling station.

Cobb County Airport is the second busiest general aviation airport in Georgia, and is poised to become an international destination with the addition of onsite US Customs in 2015. The airport offers the longest general aviation runway in the Atlanta area and recent airport improvements include new taxiways, and a new control tower now under construction.


(2014, September 18). Hawthorne Global Aviation breaks ground on Customs facility. Business Airport International. Retrieved September 23, 2014, from