USA Today’s 10 Best Nominates MacArthur Airport for Best Small Airport Award

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines, are among the three major U.S. carriers at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, NY. American Airlines also flies out of Islip.

RONKONKOMA, NY ( / — The online poll closes at noon Monday, Jan. 13, to name our local airport at the best small airport in the U.S.

As OnSachem reported last month, Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Ronkonkoma is a nominee for the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Small Airport. All voting is digital through the '10Best' website, and members of the public may cast one vote each day. Winners will be announced Jan. 24.

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The airport is owned and operated by the Town of Islip.

“We are honored to be one of the 20 airports selected by a panel of experts," said Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. "We are hoping our loyal base of travelers and the Long Island community will vote each day.” 

The competition describes these top facilities as being “smaller, friendlier airports” that “excel with their commercial flight offerings, easy access and amenities.” The small airport category includes airports with fewer than 10 million passengers each year.

“MacArthur Airport is working hard to provide an excellent customer experience,” said Aviation Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken. “It’s gratifying that the experts participating in the USA Today 10Best Awards recognize MacArthur’s ability to conveniently serve New York travelers,” she added.

The voting page describes MacArthur Airport as an alternative for airline passengers “wishing to avoid the big, crowded New York area airports (JFK and LaGuardia).”

Here are the 20 small airports in the running to be include in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards:

Bangor International Airport

Bellingham International Airport (BLI)

Blue Grass Airport

Charleston International Airport

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Daytona Beach International Airport

Huntsville International Airport

Indianapolis International Airport

Kahului Airport OGG

Long Beach Airport

Long Island MacArthur Airport

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

Paine Field Airport

Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO)

Richmond International Airport (RIC)

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

TF Green Airport (PVD)

Waco Regional Airport

Westchester County Airport-White Plains

Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport


Voice your choice daily through noon Jan. 13, 2020, at:


Long Island MacArthur Airport customers have access to flights on three major U.S. domestic air carriers: American Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Together, these carriers currently provide service to 10 cities nonstop, 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 $16.9 million annual operating budget and an economic impact of $600 million to the region and local economy, according to the Town of Islip.

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