The tally of woes at Long Island MacArthur Airport is growing: American Airlines announced last week it would have to stop two daily flights to Washington as a condition of its merger with US Airways. No date has been given. Flights are still being booked through the end of 2014. The federal government is requiring the combined company to give up some slots at Washington Reagan National Airport.
MacArthur flights have declined more than 50 percent in six years. The airport is a convenient regional asset, but the more flights it loses, the more customers shy away.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has long been outspoken in attempts to bolster MacArthur's fortunes. Now he needs to convince the regulators and the airline that these are the wrong flights to cancel.