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Long Island MacArthur Airport

Long Island MacArthur Airport
Entrance sign to the airport
Airport information
 Location of the Long Island MacArthur Airport
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorTown of Islip, New York
ServesLong Island, New York metro area
Location100 Arrival Avenue
Ronkonkoma, New York
Elevation30 m (99 ft)
Statistics2005, 2010
Aircraft operations (2005)173346
Based aircraft (2005)302
Enplanements (2010)858741

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Long Island MacArthur Airport, formerly known as Islip Airport is a public airport located on Long Island, in Ronkonkoma, Town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is seven miles (11 km) northeast of the central business district of Islip hamlet. Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA) covers an area of 1,311 acres (531 ha) containing four runways and two helipads. The Town owns and operates the airport, which serves approximately two million commercial passengers a year, as well as a thriving general aviation sector.

Located midway between Montauk Point 60 miles to the east and Manhattan 60 miles to the west, MacArthur Airport serves primarily the three million residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties. In addition, the airport serves travelers from the Greater New York Metropolitan Area and around the nation who want a more convenient alternative to the congestion at JFK and LaGuardia airports both located in Queens.

The FAA recently designated LIMA an Official Metro Airport, meaning it is now being grouped with LaGuardia, JFK and Newark in travel and informational searches for New York airports, providing better exposure to the traveling public. MacArthur Airport, which does not share the congested air space of the city-centric airports, also has an exceptional record of on-time performance. During 2009, for instance, 83.6% of flights arrived on time and 85.6% of flights departed on time.

During 2007, the airport served more than 2.3 million commercial passengers. For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 182,142 aircraft operations, an average of 499 per day; 80 percent general aviation; 15 percent scheduled commercial; five percent air taxi and approximately one percent military. There are 243 aircraft based at the airport: 63% single-engine; 10% multi-engine; 19% jet aircraft; seven percent helicopters; and less than one percent military. The Town-owned Foreign Trade Zone is located adjacent to airport property.

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