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MacArthur Airport landing fee plan back on agenda

A Southwest Airlines' 737 comes in for a

A Southwest Airlines' 737 comes in for a landing at MacArthur Airport. (March 29, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

A resolution to impose a general aviation landing fee at Long Island MacArthur Airport is back before the Islip Town Board.

After tabling a vote in October that would have imposed a landing fee for general aviation and business aircraft, the board will pick up the issue again Tuesday. Deputy Airport Commissioner Terry Hennessey said the fee could raise $150,000 in revenue annually.

If approved, noncommercial transient aircraft -- meaning planes not based in hangars at the airport -- would pay $1.44 per 1,000 pounds of gross landing weight to touch down there, with a $10 minimum. Between 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., aircraft would pay a higher nighttime fee of $2.16 per 1,000 pounds.

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Hennessey said in October that officials want to take advantage of all possible revenue streams, and that MacArthur is the last Long Island airport with a control tower that doesn’t charge a general aviation landing fee. Commercial carriers at MacArthur have been paying the fee since 1991.

A handful of local aviation industry representatives criticized the resolution the last time it was on the town board’s agenda. Town officials said then they wanted to look at other landing fees across the state and might consider restructuring the fee, but didn’t.

According to the resolution, the fee will be effective Dec. 1 and will increase annually by a minimum of 3 percent, not to exceed 9 percent.

The town board will also vote to enter into a contract with Vector Airport Systems, Llc, which would provide aircraft tracking and landing fee management at MacArthur if the fee is instituted, and to approve a bid for $88,728 for renovations to offices in historic Brookwood Hall.

The board will meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Islip Town Hall, 655 Main St.

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