Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken Discusses Current and Future Developments at Long Island-MacArthur Airport at LIMBA
Shelley LaRose-Arken (third from right), Commissioner, Long Island-MacArthur Airport, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma on August 11. Also pictured (left to right): Peter Bartolillo, Client Service Manager, Summit Security Services, Inc., the event’s sponsor; Bill Miller, Treasurer, LIMBA; Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; Rob Schneider, Deputy Supervisor, Long Island-MacArthur Airport; and Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA.
On August 11, Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner, Long Island-MacArthur Airport, talked about the airport’s latest accomplishments and future plans at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. She said airline service has expanded with the recent addition of Frontier Airlines which, she said, will result in a significant increase in the number of passengers.
The airline industry, Ms. LaRose-Arken said, struggled at the beginning of the 21st century, mostly because of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the rise in gasoline prices and the recession. Despite the significant reduction in daily flights during that time, the airport was able to keep a majority of the airlines from leaving; since then, there has been a gradual increase in the number of flights per day. Currently, the airport is seeing a surplus in its ledger, with all revenues going to pay for the airport’s operating expenses.
To boost passenger activity, Ms. LaRose-Arken announced that the airport launched an ad campaign asking Long Islanders to “Stress Less, Pay Less”; that means they would spend less time and less money if they used MacArthur Airport than if they were to travel to LaGuardia or Kennedy Airport.
Future plans for the airport, according to Ms. LaRose-Arken, include the construction of a customs facility to meet new Customs and Border Protection standards required to process international passengers. The facility will accommodate 200 international general aviation arrivals currently using ISP. Future international air carrier flights are limited by the airport’s runway length. Short-haul service to Mexico and the Caribbean could be a possibility.
Suffolk County, the Long Island Rail Road and the Town of Islip, with its Department of Aviation, are partnering in a feasibility study to evaluate connectivity between the Ronkonkoma LIRR station and the airport to provide residents more travel options to the airport.
Ms. LaRose-Arken has worked in the aviation industry for more than 30 years. She previously served as Manager of Republic Airport in Farmingdale and at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, among others.
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