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Letter: MacArthur airport needs promoting

As a frequent user of Long Island MacArthur Airport, I am disappointed to see that the number of daily flights is decreasing and that the interest of airlines to enter this market has diminished ["MacArthur needs these flights," Editorial, Feb. 2].

These trends have obvious risks for the future prosperity of our regional airport. I believe that one reason for the reluctance of our community to use this airport is the lack of advertising. I don't see advertising by the Town of Islip, which runs the airport, or Southwest Airlines, the dominant carrier.

There is also minimal signage on the major roads leading to the airport, and the one, small sign on the Long Island Expressway is partially hidden by trees. On Route 454, the airport signs are poorly situated.

In other counties, local airports are clearly identified, with large signs, directions, public transportation information and parking instructions.

If our population were aware of this great asset and the advantages it offers, usage would surely increase. Its advantages include a central location, accessibility, ease of parking, infrequent delays, quick security clearance and great efficiency, which far exceed those of any other airport in our region.

Richard Nattis, Woodbury


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