A new Ground Transportation Center is now open at Long Island MacArthur Airport.
The new facility centralizes all ground transportation to serve visitors and travelers, with rental cars, taxis, buses, auto transport, ride-hailing services, hotel courtesy shuttles and Suffolk Bus.
The $8.4 million project was largely funded by facility charges and bonds that are payable solely from airport revenues. There was also $800,000 from a New York State Aviation Grant and a $650,000 grant from the Empire State Development Corp. as part of the funding.
Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken said the aviation industry is rapidly changing.
“Technology is shifting and improving the way we travel through airports, and so further enhancing customer convenience is important to us,” LaRose-Arken said in a Town of Islip statement. “Centralizing transportation services is an asset for both visitors to Long Island and residents who choose mass transportation options, instead of driving now, and in the future. The efficient location and layout of the new Ground Transportation Center enables customers who already have a boarding pass to save time by entering the TSA checkpoint within minutes.”
MacArthur Airport features four major U.S. domestic air carriers: American Airlines, Breeze Airways, Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Together, these carriers currently provide service to 13 cities non-stop, and connect to hundreds of destinations worldwide. The airport serves 1.6 million passengers annually and employs 6,000 people directly and indirectly, with a $16 million annual operating budget and an economic impact of $600 million to the region and local economy.