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Frontier announces new flights from LIMA
RONKONKOMA—Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines recently announced two new destinations this spring from Long Island MacArthur Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The announcement comes shortly after Frontier cancelled routes between the Ronkonkoma airport and Fort Myers, Miami and New Orleans later this spring.
Frontier spokesperson Richard Oliver said the adjustments in the schedule “reflect a seasonal adjustment in capacity.”
Daily flights to San Juan will begin April 8. Service to Myrtle Beach will begin May 20, operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
“Bringing the kind of customers our airline partners want to serve is critical to the success of each of our carriers,” said airport commissioner Mary LaRose Arken. “To maintain the convenience of nonstop service, our community and businesses need to commit to using the airport and filling the aircraft.”
MacArthur operated at a loss for a number of years, reaching a $2-million deficit in 2012. But there has since been a financial turnaround, resulting in a nearly $3-million surplus in 2017. The improved standing gained the attention of Frontier last year. The carrier then started providing nonstop seasonal services to nearly a dozen cities out of the regional airport, including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Orlando and Tampa.
Frontier’s spokesperson said their booking window is only open through mid-August, meaning the fall/winter schedule is unavailable. “This is a seasonal adjustment to our capacity and that is shown through suspending the flights at a time when there is a lack of demand,” Oliver said in regards to the soon-to-be-cancelled Florida and New Orleans routes.
Puerto Rico officially declared itself open for tourism in December of last year, three months after Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company said all of the Caribbean island’s airports are fully functional. More than 100 hotels and 4,000 restaurants are also open for business.
“It’s been the continued collaboration with Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s team and tourism industry partners that resulted in tremendous progress, and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC, in a written release. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”
The Islip Town-owned airport has two other major carriers: American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
For destinations, rates and other information, call 631-467-3300 or visit www.macarthurairport.com.
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