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Letters: Reviving MacArthur airport won’t be easy

Florida-based Sheltair plans to upgrade its facilities at

Florida-based Sheltair plans to upgrade its facilities at Long Island MacArthur Airport, the company said in a September 2015 news release. This is the airport on Dec. 12, 2011. Credit: Charles Eckert

Once again, I read an article regarding Long Island MacArthur airport [“Still a tough climb for MacArthur,” News, Feb. 7].

As a person who flies six or so times a year, I’ve gone to the websites for Southwest and American Airlines, and I can rarely, if ever, get a direct flight out of MacArthur.

I just checked online for a flight to Boston. I would have to go to Baltimore and lay over for several hours before arriving at Logan Airport. That’s my problem with MacArthur. Flights of one to three hours become all-day adventures.

William P. Cleary, Levittown


Regarding the plight of MacArthur airport, Southwest Airlines did away with nonstop flights to Chicago and Las Vegas; the airline seems to shuttle everyone through Baltimore. Long Islanders are stuck with many wasted hours if they want to fly to Chicago and don’t go to LaGuardia Airport instead.

Wayne Mortak, West Babylon


A customs station for international passenger flights may or may not be the answer to Long Island MacArthur Airport’s struggles. Newsday’s story pointed out that obstacles exist to building a station and luring international flights. Other avenues must be pursued.

LaGuardia’s central terminal building is undergoing a major redevelopment project. The list of inadequacies at that terminal makes the passenger experience excruciating. The project is scheduled to complete in 2021.

The Town of Islip should take advantage of the current LaGuardia situation. The town should work with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines to encourage transportation options to bring passengers to Islip, and shift flights out of LaGuardia to MacArthur.

James T. Rooney, Centerport


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