Islip Supervisor Joins Senator Urging Major Fed Funds at MacArthur Airport

February 22nd, 2019 – Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter, along with Town Councilman John C. Cochrane, Jr., joined U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer at ISP recently, urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to back a multi-million dollar capital project to enhance the infrastructure at MacArthur Airport.

The project would inject millions of dollars into the local economy, support local businesses and create well-paying jobs in the process, with plans to revamp more than 350,000 square feet, and a push to land new carriers and west coast destinations.

As part of the 2018 appropriations bill, funding to the FAA was increased by $2 billion dollars, with $1 billion added for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Noted the Senator, “Today, we are saying, put that funding to good use and deliver it to Long Island, so it can have the economic impact it was designed to have, boosting this busy airport, a slew of jobs and the satisfaction of MacArthur’s customers.”

ISP currently serves over 2 million passengers each year and provides thousands of jobs to the local community. Plans to enhance the airport’s infrastructure include rehabilitation of the West Concourse apron as well as Terminal Improvement Projects. ISP has already identified several large metro markets for potential new carriers that would be profitable for the airport, including the Los Angeles metro market.

“Working together with our partners in the Federal Government to invest in the future of MacArthur will have a positive impact…not only for the Town of Islip, but the entire Long Island Region,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “New technology will make it possible for ISP to serve a broader spectrum of destinations in the near future, and by investing now, we will be ready for this game changer,” she added.

Long Island MacArthur Airport has already secured $12 million from New York State, Suffolk County and the Town of Islip. If granted, the FAA’s funding would further enhance ISP’s push to attract new carriers, as well as use existing infrastructure in conjunction with the improvements to establish new routes.

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