FAA provides $1.3 million for runway repairs

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Long Island MacArthur Airport will be receiving $1.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to repair a cracked runway.

New York Senator Charles Schumer commented that “this funding is great news for Long Island and a boon for MacArthur Airport, which has really become a hotbed of activity. One after another, airlines are looking to expand to MacArthur Airport, which has become a low-fare destination for the entire region.”

At the start of this month, Spirit Airlines began flying to and from MacArthur and its hub in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is considering further flights. Spirit’s network includes the Caribbean and Latin America.

Officials of Islip Town, which owns the airport in Ronkonkoma, are looking for other airlines to provide service. They have been stressing that there is little or no congestion at MacArthur so take-offs and landings are on time. In recent years, Southwest Airlines has become the main airline operating out of MacArthur. Delta pulled out several years ago.

The runway cracks were considered a safety issue because of the possibility of jet engines ingesting damaging debris.

Karl Grossman

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