Expansion Planned for MacArthur Airport on Long Island

By Anna Breuer on 18 November 2018
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IMG_7725 2Local officials are planning a $60 million upgrade of Long Island MacArthur Airport, which is named after General Douglas MacArthur.

The town of Islip, which owns the airport, is seeking the funds from the federal government. Plans include a new 100,000-square-foot (9,290-square-meter) west concourse that will replace a far smaller building that opened in 1990 as well as upgrades for the baggage claim terminal. The 1990 terminal was intended to be a temporary structure at the time.

The new concourse would have two levels and three gates on each level, officials said.

The airport, which has its origins in an airfield built in the 1940s for military use, saw its first regularly scheduled flights in 1960 when Allegheny began regularly scheduled service to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. It served 1.1 million passengers in 2017 and will have served over 1.6 million this year.

MacArthur Airport is located 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Manhattan. It is currently served by American Airlines’ regional carrier American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.

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