December 23, 2011
Letter to David Barger CEO, President and Director JetBlue
CEO, President and Director
118-29 Queens Blvd.
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Dear Mr. Barger,
The Long Island Association, which is the leading business organization of the region, joins United States Senator Charles Schumer and enthusiastically supports the prospect of JetBlue selecting Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA) as part of its Northeast expansion in 2013.
LIMA is a convenient, stress-free alternative to the crowded New York City airports. With nearly three million people and a diverse, dynamic workforce and business climate, Nassau and Suffolk Counties are a big and attractive market that would be a significant growth area for your airline. Moreover, Long Island's population is trending and growing eastward, increasing the number of travelers that would fly from LIMA.
Establishing service at LIMA would make business sense for JetBlue. The airline would boost its already strong presence in New York and realize greater efficiencies in takeoff and departure timing because the less-congested Long Island airspace would cut delays and wasted fuel. The arrival of JetBlue at LIMA would provide access and more expedient travel to new destinations for businesses and families while creating hundreds of jobs and generating millions for the local economy. Furthermore, the Caribbean is a new destination sought after by LIMA and one of JetBlue's targeted growth areas. The connecting airports at Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are already origin and destination points at LIMA.
As LIMA's slogan says: "They make flying a breeze." With its infrastructure, capacity, and commitment, LIMA would be a tremendous asset to JetBlue. As you search for your new home, the Long Island market offers extraordinary potential to boost both your business and the local economy. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call me at (631) 493-3001. Thank you.
Kevin S. Law
President and CEO
Long Island Association
cc: Town of Islip Supervisor-Elect Tom Croci
LIMA Commissioner Teresa Rizzuto