Long Island MacArthur Commissioner Discusses Improvements and COVID-19 Travel Recovery at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner, Long Island MacArthur Airport, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on December 18. She will also be joined by Deputy Commissioner Robert Schneider and talk about the improvements that have been made to MacArthur Airport in recent months and how smaller airports are recovering faster from the COVID-19 pandemic than larger airports.  

Ms. LaRose-Arken has been the airport’s commissioner since 2016. Since then, she has overseen the reconstruction of the ramp at the west concourse, the installation of TSA’s 3-D checkpoint scanner, the implementation of a new recruitment effort to bring new carriers to the airport and the implementation of health and safety measures during the COVID 19 pandemic. More than $30 million in infrastructure improvements are complete or underway.  

Most recently, the airport celebrated the grand opening of a 31,800-square-foot hangar and office facility for Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. Future plans include the construction of a state-of-the-art Ground Transportation Vehicle Center and pedestrian walkway where travelers will have access to rental cars, buses, ride-shares and courtesy shuttles upon arriving at the airport.

Prior to joining MacArthur Airport, Mrs. LaRose-Arken was Manager of Republic Airport in Farmingdale. She earned a degree in aviation management and flight technology at Florida Institute of Technology and is a commercial, instrument, multi-engine rated pilot.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.