The Federal Aviation Administration just received a budget increase of over $2 billion.

$1 billion of that set aside for the Airport Improvement Program.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer backed by Town of Islip officials, wants some of that money to go toward improving and expanding services at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Schumer joined Islip officials at the airport this week to ask publicly for the FAA’s support.

“Today, we are saying, put that funding to good use and deliver it to Long Island, so it can have the economic impact it was designed to have, boosting this busy airport, a slew of jobs and the satisfaction of MacArthur’s customers,” Schumer said.

The multi-million dollar capital project to enhance the infrastructure at MacArthur Airport would boost the local economy, support local businesses and create well-paying jobs in the process, the officials agreed. The project would revamp more than 350,000 square feet and help land new carriers and West coast destinations.

Schumer was joined this week by Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and town Councilman John Cochrane, Jr. in Ronkonkoma.

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“Working together with our partners in the federal government to invest in the future of MacArthur will have a positive impact … not only for the Town of Islip, but the entire Long Island region,” Carpenter said. “New technology will make it possible for [the airport] to serve a broader spectrum of destinations in the near future, and by investing now, we will be ready for this game changer.”

The $2 billion is coming as part of the 2018 appropriations bill.

The airport currently serves over 2 million passengers each year and provides thousands of jobs to the local community, according to the town.

Current plans to enhance the airport’s infrastructure include rehabilitation of the West Concourse apron as well as Terminal Improvement Projects.

Airport administrators have already identified several large metro markets for potential new carriers that would be profitable for the airport, including the Los Angeles metro market, according to the town.

Long Island MacArthur Airport has already secured $12 million in funding from the town, state and county to start work on the improvements.

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