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Flights resume at MacArthur Airport

The Contino family, from Huntington, checks in at

The Contino family, from Huntington, checks in at MacArthur Airport in Islip to take the first available flight out of Long Island after Superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 31, 2012) Credit: Heather Walsh

It was back to business at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma this morning.

Southwest Airlines and US Airways resumed flights after suspending them on Tuesday because of superstorm Sandy.

US Airways canceled four arrivals and four departures of flights between Long Island and Philadelphia and Washington.

Jean Goodmok, 73, of Melbourne, Fla., was at MacArthur for Southwest Airlines' first flight to the Sunshine state. She said she was glad that the planes were flying today.

Goodmok said she was fleeing her son's home in Freeport, which was without power, cold and had a basement filled with water.

"I couldn't print my boarding pass or anything because I'm on the South Shore," Goodmok said. "It was so cold. No electric. No gas. You can't get a cup of tea."

Another traveler on the first Florida flight was Megan Kelleher, 24, of Orlando, who said Sandy forced cancellation of two other flights she booked on Sunday and Monday.

"Compared to LaGuardia, which is under water, I'm glad I got a flight out of here," said Kelleher, originally from Centereach and in New York visiting friends.

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