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Southwest to offer Atlanta flights from MacArthur

A Southwest Airlines aircraft lands at Long Island

A Southwest Airlines aircraft lands at Long Island MacArthur Airport. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Southwest Airlines, the major carrier at Islip's MacArthur Airport, will begin flying to Atlanta in February.

With the new destination on its regional schedules, Southwest will sell a few Islip-Atlanta trips each day, most involving a plane change in Baltimore, beginning Feb. 12. The new air service was announced Monday.

The Dallas-based carrier's online reservation system shows that three flights from MacArthur will get passengers to Atlanta that first day, departing at 6:35 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. Generally the total trip time is 4-5 hours, including the Baltimore plane change.

Return trips from Atlanta to Islip show one daily, 3-hour flight with no plane change -- though there's still a stop at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Two more return flights require a BWI change.

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