In 2011, 89% of the 140,540 flights that landed
at MacArthur Airport were general aviation or
air taxi flights. Airport officials believe if
this new fee is approved it will generate
additional airport revenue of $100,000 annually.
Long Island MacArthur Airport's West Side houses
numerous general aviation tenants, including
three fixed based operators: Sheltair Aviation,
Excelaire, and Mid Island Air, which offer a
full range of general aviation services. ATP
Flight School is also a tenant of the airport,
offering flight training for the area.
Long Island MacArthur Airport is owned and
operated by the Town of Islip. The Department of
Aviation is led by the Commissioner of Aviation
and Transportation, who works closely with the
Town Board to manage and steward the airport.
Departments include Airport Operations,
Custodial, Fire Rescue, Law Enforcement,
Maintenance, and Public Affairs.
In April 1942, four months after the bombing of
Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the entrance of
the United States into World War II, the Town of
Islip entered into contract with the federal
government to build an airfield on Town-owned
land for potential military purposes during the