JetBlue adds service from Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport to Florida

JetBlue Airways will begin flying from Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma in October, with nonstop flights to three Florida destinations, Islip Town officials said Tuesday.

JetBlue, the sixth largest airline in the U.S., will become the fourth airline to serve Islip Town Airport, joining Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Breeze Airways.

Beginning in October, JetBlue will operate daily flights between Islip and Orlando, and four weekly roundtrips between Long Island Airport and Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

“Our Long Island airport customers have expressed clear enthusiasm for more air service at ISP, and JetBlue is consistently one of the most common requests,” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said in a statement.

The addition of the major airline is the latest in a series of upgrades at the airport that have included more than $100 million in planning and capital projects since 2016, including a ground transportation center and walkway and a fire rescue building.

The ongoing $2.8 billion Midway Crossing proposal is also expected to build a walkway connecting a new MacArthur air terminal to Ronkonkoma’s Long Island Rail Road Station. The proposal calls for 2.7 million square feet of new construction, including a convention center, a 300-room hotel and health sciences facilities.

City officials on Tuesday, along with JetBlue’s announcement, also touted a nearly 23% increase in domestic airline seats flying from MacArthur in April of this year, compared to April of last year.

In addition, ahead of the summer season, Transportation Security Administration at MacArthur introduced new identification technology with a camera designed to scan photo IDs and confirm a traveler’s identity and flight information.

Before JetBlue, Breeze Airways was the airline that last added service from Islip, with flights starting in 2022. JetBlue founder David Neeleman launched the low-cost airline in 2018 and started flying in 2021.

JetBlue ranked ninth last year among the nation’s 10 largest airlines in both flight cancellations and on-time arrivals, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures.