Long Island MacArthur Airport Expanding
Long Island MacArthur Airport is expanding in order to meet federal safety standards and to attract more passengers, but a former Suffolk County commissioner for economic development says the planned expansion won’t significantly increase air traffic.
MacArthur Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken says construction on a new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility will begin by November and a runway expansion is planned to start by 2018.
“There’s a lot of great things happening to the airport. We’re seeing the number of passengers increase.”
But Martin Cantor, the director of the Long Island Center for Socio-Economic Policy, says that MacArthur has to focus on attracting corporate customers, not tourists, to significantly increase the amount of passengers.
“Long Island is a very inconvenient tourist destination because the assets that you need to attract that new delta of tourists aren’t here.”
Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter says the town is developing a plan to promote business travel to MacArthur.