Scottsdale moving to ease foreign air restrictions

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Scottsdale Airport is beginning to ease up on foreign flights in and out of the airport.

The Arizona Republic reports the airport has plans to adopt changes to its U.S. Customs procedures that could transform it into one of the metro area's few hubs for international travel in the private aviation sector.

The changes would allow flights from any country to pass through customs by lifting current restrictions that only allow aircraft from Canada and Mexico.

City Aviation Director Gary Mascaro says foreign travelers on private airplanes would be able to conveniently stay in Scottsdale. That could likely lead to more cash to the airport and the city's tourism industry.

What's unclear is how much demand exists for international flights into and out of Scottsdale Airport.