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ISLE OF GOD, NYJetBlue Service arrives at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Starting in October, JetBlue will fly from MacArthur to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, officials announced Tuesday.

To celebrate, JetBlue, based in New York and is the sixth largest airline in the USAFor a limited time, is offering one-way tickets from Islip to these destinations for just $49, but they can only be purchased online.

MacArthur Airport – known as ISP – is located about 50 miles from New York City and is served by Breeze Airways, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and now JetBlue. The Long Island Rail Road provides service from New York City to MacArthur Airport. It is the closest airport to Long Island’s 2.8 million residents.

“Our airport customers across Long Island have clearly expressed their enthusiasm for more service at ISP, and JetBlue is consistently one of the most requested airlines. We have listened and worked very hard to provide additional options to Long Island. Today’s announcement reflects our determination and active commitment as JetBlue will now initially serve Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport with three destinations in Florida that the airline has carefully selected,” said Angie Carpenter, Town of Islip Supervisor.

“Our decision to add nonstop flights to three popular Florida destinations is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers more convenient travel options to and from the places they most want to visit,” said Dave Jehn of JetBlue.

“We know Long Islanders enjoy traveling between Florida and Long Island, and JetBlue’s decision to offer more flights to three top Florida destinations reflects that opportunity,” said Mitch Pally, chairman of the Airport Advisory Board.

According to official data, MacArthur Airport saw a year-over-year increase in available seats for domestic flights – up nearly 23% in April 2024 compared to the previous year.

“Long Island MacArthur Airport is committed to providing excellent working relationships with our airlines, low landing fees and significant savings in taxi time. Airlines recognize ISP as a unique and highly attractive airport for New York, and customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties are increasingly recognizing the benefits of flying from Long Island’s convenient home airport,” said Airport Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken. “These relationships and passenger preferences will become even more important in the years to come as we continue to discuss in the community a North Terminal that provides true train-to-airport convenience from the Ronkonkoma/MacArthur Airport LIRR station.”

“MacArthur Airport continues to be a dynamic economic engine for all of Long Island, and the arrival of JetBlue will enhance that important role going forward. LIA welcomes this beloved airline alongside Long Island MacArthur Airport,” said Matt Cohen, President of the Long Island Association.

CBS New York’s Carolyn Gusoff will have more on this story tonight at 5 p.m.

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