Push Intensifies To Make MacArthur Airport JetBlue’s New Northeast Destination

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A push to make Long Island’s MacArthur Airport the new Northeast destination for JetBlue Airways seems to have plenty of support among the area’s frequent fliers.

“I think it’s a plus to the community, it’s going to create some jobs, definitely some revenue for Long Island, and it’s a shorter distance than going to Kennedy and LaGuardia,” Brian DiPaolo said.

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“I think it’s a great idea, we travel a lot and it’s so much closer and we’ll have more destinations to go to,” a Patchogue resident said.

Sen. Charles Schumer is among those joining the effort to bring JetBlue to Long Island. Schumer told Newsday he thinks the Ronkonkoma airport has a “real shot” at getting picked.

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JetBlue currently flies out of John F. Kenney International, LaGuarida, Newark, White Plains, Stewart International, Greater Rochester International, Syracuse Hancock International, and Buffalo Niagara International airports.

There are hopes JetBlue would choose MacArthur to complete its regional strategy in New York.

Two million people a year fly in and out of MacArthur and the airport has been looking to increase that number.

Two other out-of-state airports are also said to be in the running. JetBlue’s Northeast expansion plan is set for 2013.

Do you think MacArthur Airport has a shot? Let us know below…

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  • claudia

    I would love to see Jet Blue come to Islip. I hate that schlepp into JFK when I fly as Jet Blue is the only way I do fly.
    It certainly will increase jobs and revenue for Long Island and that’s a good thing. Sorry for the people who chose to buy a house in the area, but that’s what you have to put up with.

  • Elysia

    The last thing Long Island needs is more air traffic flying over residential neighborhoods. Is MacArthur Airport going to share their increased revenue with the homeowners that will have huge jets barreling over their backyards? Probably not. The neighborhoods affected by the additional air traffic should get up and yell about this now… because once all those planes are roaring overhead, nobody will be able to hear them.

  • VY

    As usual MacArthur (a fine airport which has great bones for expansion) has been a victim of local not in my backyard politics and the near total incompetence of both the NY-NJ Port Authrity and the NY MTA. The north border of the MacArthur Airport property is the LIRR property at the Ronkonkama Station. When the MacArthur terminal was rebuilt and the LIRR had the electrification expansion to Ronkonkama in the works, the terminal “could” have been rebuilt on the North side of the airport, right up against the LIRR Ronkonkama Station.
    This “would” have offered a seamless, walking connection between the planes and the rails, but NO, the Port Authrity would never come up with something like that on their own, and neither would the MTA because both “authrities” are mentally calcified when it comes to properly thought out plans that might actually work for decades into the future.
    Also if the terminal was on the norrth side of the airport it would have been easier to build direct ramps from the LIE to the airport that would have been only about half to 3 quarters of a mile long, with no traffic from the LIE using any local streets to get to either the LIRR parking, or the airport terminals and airport parking.
    But that type of combined use of all transportation assets is outside the box thinking for these idiot agencies, because neither one would technically “control” all of the entire assets, the roads to highway connections, the airport and the rails.
    God forbid they might ever cooperate to build facilities that worked together.
    They would not know how to deal with that type of smarts.

    • matt

      The town of Islip owns/ operates the airport, not the Port Authority.

  • iggy

    what about the people that have been using jetblue from the city all these years? they have to drive 65 miles to an really out-of-the-way airport. jetblue must decide if more travelers come from the city or suffolk county

    • railien7

      This would be in addition to the current service.

    • iggy has no brain

      Iggy get a clue.

  • dave e

    I would love for Jet Blue to come to Long Island. I live close to the airport and I hate having to go to NYC for better rates. This would give southwest a little competition. As for those people who complain about the noise. The airport was here long before most of you. I hate it when new comers come in and expect everything to change for them. Come on Jet Blue! Come to Islip!

  • Larry Schwarz

    I think it would be great as long as they do not limit the cities they serve to Florida.If they added westcoast filghts,perhaps Salt Lake City,Las Vegas then it is good.They could fly to one west coast destination perhaps Oakland and offer connections there to other west coast cities.Southwest does fly nonstop from Mcarthur to Mccarran International in Las Vegas.If they just do Florida then Southwest will continue to be the winner here.

  • michael

    Having Jet Blue at MacArthrur would most bring competition to Southwest and more travel options resulting in a winning situation for consumers. I prefer Jet Blue because of the ability to choose a seat when booking a flight, as opposed to Southwest’s aggravating & rediculous group boarding system.

  • railien7

    I wouldn’t be surprised if more than 1 airport was selected. Obviously, the airport with the most to offer in terms of amenities and ‘bigger bang for the buck’ has a leg up on the rest – which is probably how the airport will be picked.

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