December 23, 2011
Letter to Doug Parker Chairman & CEO US Airways
Chairman & CEO
4000 E. Sky Harbor Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Dear Mr. Parker,
The Long Island Association, which is the leading business organization of the region, enthusiastically supports the prospect of US Airways establishing an Islip to Washington, D.C. route at Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA).
Islip-D.C. service would make business sense for US Airways. As you know from the business you currently do at LIMA, the facility 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.
Washington, D.C. is a sought after destination for business and recreational travelers. Long Island companies and families, who have gone without this shuttle service for ten years, would gain access and more expedient travel to a major city, and US Airways' expansion would create jobs and spur economic development. Now that a federal agency has approved a slot swap deal with Delta Air Lines, I urge you to add a shuttle from LIMA to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
As LIMA's slogan says: "They make flying a breeze." With its infrastructure, capacity, and commitment, LIMA would be a tremendous asset to US Airways. As you consider launching this new route, 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