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MacArthur to begin charging landing fees

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.)

Long Island MacArthur Airport will begin charging landing fees for general aviation and business aircraft next month, officials said Tuesday.

The Islip Town Board voted unanimously to institute the fee, which deputy airport commissioner Terry Hennessy estimated will generate about $150,000 in annual revenue.

The vote came after the board last month tabled the proposal following protest from some in the local aviation industry.

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Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt said the board wanted to ensure the proposed fees were in line with similar fees at other nearby airports. She said officials researched the issue and found that MacArthur was the only airport in the region not charging the fees, which are lower than what others are charging.

The fees, which go into effect Dec. 1, charge noncommercial transient aircraft — planes not based at hangars at the airport — $1.44 per 1,000 pounds of gross landing weight to touch down at the facility. A minimum $10 fee will be assessed.

The fees increase from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., with aircraft paying $2.16 per 1,000 pounds.

The fee will increase annually by a minimum of 3 percent, not to exceed 9 percent.

Commercial carriers at MacArthur have been paying the fee since 1991, officials said, and airport officials have said they want to take advantage of all revenue streams.

The board also unanimously approved a contract with Vector Airport Systems, Llc, to provide aircraft tracking and landing fee management at MacArthur.

Vector was the only company that bid on the contract, which runs three years and will pay the company 20 percent of the fees collected annually, officials said. 

Tags: Ronkonkoma , Islip , MacArthur Airport , landing fees

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