Sound Off: Which Direct Flights Would You Like to See From MacArthur?

As the airport gets set to offer daily service to the nation's capital, where else would you like to see MacArthur fly direct?

Long Island MacArthur Airport will soon provide daily direct flights to Washington, D.C., according to a report in Newsday.

The story says US Airways is expected to announce Tuesday flights beginning on March 25 that will depart MacArthur at 6:20 a.m. and 7:49 a.m. daily, returning from Reagan National at 11:35 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

MacArthur officials have been upfront about their desires to attract new airlines to the Town of Islip airport. There have been recent rumors of JetBlue landing its wings at MacArthur. A few years ago, there was talk of Ireland-based Ryanair providing flights to Dublin from MacArthur, although that never came to fruition.  

With that mind, let's hear from you. MacArthur will soon go to direct to the nation's capital. Where else would you like to see the airport fly on a daily basis? Which new cities might be enough for you to change your airport of choice? 

Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.


Sharon Bieselin January 03, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Sharon Bieselin Please keep the direct flight to Chicago
David Fishman January 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
McArthur can't do two of those because AFAIK they are not allowed to have international flights
tom cavanaugh January 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
chariotte nc let"s get it done asap!!!! thankyou. tom cavanaugh--blue point
Ryan Bonner (Editor) January 03, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Hi David, As of now, that is true. The Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection would need to sign off on allowing international flights. But Town and airport officials have been lobbying for them over the past year. http://sachem.patch.com/articles/video-town-eyeing-international-flights-at-macarthur-airport
Maria Goldman January 03, 2012 at 08:52 PM
RSW - Ft. Myers, FL!!!! Can never get a direct flight from Islip.
tobo86 January 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Chicago and Ft. Meyers.
Bud Renate Morrison January 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
We can use a direct flight to Tampa FL
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) January 04, 2012 at 07:05 AM
London would be amazing, but more realistically a non-stop to California would be great instead of my current stopovers in BWI or Chicago.
Tre January 04, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Charlotte and Chicago
Margaret Campise January 04, 2012 at 12:57 PM
JetBlue servicing Ft. Myers, Sarasota and Tampa Florida, that would make me change airports!!
Laurie January 04, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Direct to Fort Meyers. I used to take that flight all the time, but now there is always a layover. It's very frustrating to have to fly for 4 hours when it's only a 2 1/2 hour flight.
joann mallimo January 04, 2012 at 02:27 PM
peter herting January 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
diane salvesen January 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Atlanta, we travel there several times a year! The Caribbean would also be great, especially since the major Airlines suspended their direct flights out of Jfk.
Jessie Biele January 04, 2012 at 08:07 PM
This is awesome news for me - it'll make it easier for me to visit from DC :)
cynthia ramirez January 05, 2012 at 12:18 AM
nc charlotte would be great or any jetblue i love that airline. blue chips and biscotti
cynthia ramirez January 05, 2012 at 12:19 AM
don't forget though if we have international flights from here we also have to beef up security.
Dolores Sorce January 05, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Why are the direct flights scheduled only in March? Please schedule some direct flights in January and May!
Ronald P. Matonti January 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I would love to see MacArthur airport closed so that the traffic congestion ends and the danger of aircraft crashes in a highly populated residential area is eliminated as well as the dumping of jet fuel on the communities surrounding the airport ends and our children are not breathing in jet fuel and don't come in their homes from their back yards soaked in jet fuel. I would like to see the end of air travel except for emergencies and no air travel for "fun" and vacations. We need to stay in our own locales to boost our own economies rather than spend money elsewhere. There needs to be more local travel to our own beaches and more travel to the farms located right here for fresh vegetables and fruits.
Scotty January 05, 2012 at 05:40 PM
'We need to stay in our own locales'? Geez. Speak for yourself. :) Glad you're so content with not traveling off Long Island, but some of us have to when family/friends are scattered all over. I ALSO shop here and buy local produce - why can't one do both? Sitting for long frustrating hours in Long Island's traffic to get to any beach isn't remotely 'fun' so I end up in my own backyard. Preferable? For me, having direct flights (no stopovers) to: Tampa, Ft. Myers, Houston, Phoenix and any or all parts of California with pre-booked seats would make my life infinitely easier since I have physical disabilities and severe ear problems when making too many landings.
v.s.filippi January 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Direct flight to ft myers would be really flying high!
Diana January 06, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Direct flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina .. Jet Blue or Southwest...
Hiram Walkers January 09, 2012 at 06:37 AM
The only reason LIMA is going to resume flights to DC is because the newly elected Superisor has a home and a business there. You think that was a coincidence?
Ronald P. Matonti January 09, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Scotty, I have flown all over the world when I was in the military and I have flown all over this country when I worked for several national corporations and all the flying was done out of Kennedy or LaGuardia with no problems. We do not need this airport and its expansions. It is just big trouble.
Hiram Walkers January 09, 2012 at 12:33 PM
The airport has over 100 Full Time islip Town Employees and dozens of Islip Town consultants. All that waste with only 14 flighs a day. Give it up Tom Croci. Unless you can attract a major airline other than Southwest, your wasting Islips tax dollars. I would lease the airport to UPS, FED EX or another national frieght carrier. Let them deal with the rising costs. You wouldn't need 30 FT Firemen and 30 Custodians and Maintennce staff. Give it up. The Town should not bein the Airport business.
Halford January 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Mr. Matonti - I "assume" that your dislike for the airport comes from the notion that you live too close to it. Traffic congestion by MacArthur??? WHEN??? Try to get to JFK around 5PM if you want to talk about traffic congestion...Oh, I forgot; you want to eliminate almost all air travel- think of all of the people whose jobs you would be eliminating...I think you may have sniffed too much jet fuel.....
Ronald P. Matonti January 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Halford, Traffic congestion on Friday at MacArthur at around 5PM is just as bad as JFK but let us keep the traffic congestion at JFK and LaGuardia and in the city where there is ample excellent public transportation and no congestion in Suffolk County where ther is no public transportation to speak of - absolutely none on Sundays and almost nonexistant the rest of the week. And yes, I would love to air travel totally eliminated as it has proven to be a danger to society the world over as evidenced by all the accidents and wars and hijackings and terrorism. And I have been soaked by jet fuel when visiting family near JFK and Laguardia that all jets dump on residential areas before making a landing as required by federal law to dump excess fuel and would like not to be soaked by it in Suffolk County. And all these jobs can easily be replaced by jobs on the ground using ground transporation and adequate public transportation in its place. Let's bring back trolley cars and electric buses and train travel and Greyhound and expand SCAT and have the Brookhaven jitney in every town in Suffolk. I think you are suffering from jet lag.
Ronald P. Matonti January 09, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Right on Hiram!
K.M. March 06, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Your also one of the many people that use the airport and got new windows and central A/C from the town,I would say also free parking too?
Debra March 08, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Why not close ALL airports then? MacArthur Airport has come a long way and I appreciate the growth and the improvements they have made!


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