Feedback… information… ideas… enthusiasm. The abundance of comments and support on social media since the March 23 announcement of Long Island MacArthur Airport’s new marketing initiative is beyond encouraging. It’s phenomenal, and we are grateful.

In fact, the level of dialog is so significant, we are expanding the conversation to include frequent blog posts here at This enables us to offer more in-depth answers and information to our travelers. While the first blog is from me, we expect to see other voices online in the weeks ahead!

In this first blog, let’s address one comment we are seeing in several posts on social media. The posts reference a perception that airfares at Long Island MacArthur Airport – ISP are higher than at JFK and LaGuardia.

We feel it’s important to base our communication on facts not wishful thinking, so we turned to the numbers to verify. Let’s do a little myth-busting here!

According to the most recent data from the Department of Transportation, airfares from ISP are actually lower than JFK and LaGuardia more than half the time!

The statistics show that in the top 30 top destinations to and from ISP, Long Island MacArthur Airport offers lower fares than JFK and/or La Guardia in 19 of the city pairs!

When you factor in the higher costs of parking at JFK or LaGuardia, the ISP travel cost advantage versus JFK rises to 27 of the top 30 destinations, and to 28 of the top 30 destinations versus LaGuardia. Can you imagine the savings if you added your valuable time to the equation? The financial benefit of traveling through ISP continues to increase.

Some people might say ISP’s proximity and overall convenience is worth a premium, but at MacArthur Airport the data shows you really do stress less and pay less!

According to DOT Data in the 12 months ending 9/30/2016 – ISP’s average fare is lower than JFK or LGA in these cities: 

Atlanta – ATL
Baltimore/Washington – BWI
Charleston – CHS
Denver – DEN
Detroit – DTW
Houston – IAH/HOU
Jacksonville – JAX
Las Vegas – LAS
Los Angeles – LAX
Nashville – BNA
New Orleans – MSY
Norfolk – ORF
Phoenix – PHX
Portland – PDX
Salt Lake City – SLC
San Diego – SAN
San Francisco – SFO
Seattle – SEA
Tampa – TPA

We welcome your input and thank you for supporting MacArthur Long Island Airport!