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Frontier to fly from Long Island to Raleigh-Durham

Frontier Airlines will start flying from MacArthur Airport

Frontier Airlines will start flying from MacArthur Airport to Raleigh-Durham Airport in the spring.   Credit: Barry Sloan

Frontier Airlines is adding service from Long Island MacArthur Airport to Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina, officials announced Monday.

The new flight route will begin on April 30 and run three times a week, officials said.

Raleigh-Durham is one of the “top 20 cities” that the Islip Town-owned airport has identified as likely destinations for Long Island travelers, airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken said. 

Long Islanders can already travel there with Southwest Airlines, which in March added one-stop service from MacArthur. 

Passengers have given "positive feedback" about the destination because many Long Islanders need to travel there for business or to visit friends and family, LaRose-Arken said.

"They’ve had success with that route, and I guess Frontier saw an opportunity here," LaRose-Arken said.

Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said that offering "convenient travel to North Carolina's Research Triangle of three major universities creates endless opportunities" for town residents and "aligns nicely with our plans for strategic growth" at the airport.

The Raleigh-Durham routes are the only flights to North Carolina from MacArthur, LaRose-Arken said.  

Frontier is also expanding service from the Raleigh-Durham airport to seven other cities, including Boston and Tampa, officials said.

“Frontier is delighted to once again respond to the demand for our service,"  Frontier senior vice president Daniel Shurz said in a statement.

The low-cost carrier operates four flights a day from the Ronkonkoma airport. It travels from there to seven other destinations: Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers and Tampa.

Frontier is the third airline currently operating at MacArthur, which had 1.6 million passengers in 2018, LaRose-Arken said. 

A fourth airline, Elite Airways, stopped operating from the airport right before the holidays after four months of offering a two-stop flight to Melbourne, Florida, and Bimini in the Bahamas as part of a deal with Resorts World Casino in Bimini, LaRose-Arken said.

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