Schumer presses for JetBlue at MacArthur Airport

July 18, 2011 2:19:32 PM PDT
At the busiest time of the day, Long Island MacArthur Airport looks like a terminal in Omaha.

Yet it's roughly sixty miles from Manhattan and sixty miles from Montauk, and serves a population that is larger than nineteen of the fifty states.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer on Monday announced a public campaign to expand service by bringing JetBlue to Long Island.

The airline is planning to expand its northeast routes, and Schumer is urging JetBlue to consider MacArthur Airport.

The airport handles only a few dozen commercial flights a day, primarily Southwest, US Airways and Delta. Passengers say it's a great idea.

The airline is making no promises.

"We're always looking into new routes. But we don't have anything official to announce regarding Long Island-MacArthur," a spokesperson said.

Senator Schumer is clearly hoping public pressure will push this plan forward. If his charm offensive is successful, the first JetBlue flights would not be expected before 2013.