Long Island To Washington Flights To Resume Sunday

ISLIP, NY (CBSNewYork) – More than a decade after 9/11 security fears forced the federal government to discontinue direct flights from Long Island’s MacArthur Airport to Washington, DC, the service is being restored.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

It officially launches this Sunday, with twice-daily nonstop flights on US Airways.

Sen. Charles Schumer and the Long Island Congressional delegation will be on hand for the maiden voyage to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Schumer said the resumption of service sends a message that, “MacArthur is where it’s at.”

There has a been a recent push for expansion at MacArthur Airport. In May 2011, a new control tower was dedicated.

What do you think of the airport? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • VY

    The duummies at the NYNJ PA and the NY MTA rebuilt MacArthur incorrectly.
    The north border of the airport is the LIRR track oposite the Ronkonkama LIRR train station.
    The airport terminal should have been built there, backing up against the LIRR rail station, with a direct connection.
    Also from the north side of the airport a land could have been bought for a short (under 1 mile) connector directly to the Long Island Expressway.
    Then MacArthur would atract many more passengers from other parts of the US and Canada that would use the airport if there was a walkway connection between the airport terminal and the LIRR.

    • SerfCityHereWeCome

      Good point. It’s extremely safe to assume then that the local taxi companies are owned by one or more very well-connected Democrats.

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