Frontier Airlines  celebrates one-million passengers
Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president of commercial, presents Frontier’s one-millionth passenger, Eugene Dunkley, with free travel vouchers.


Frontier Airlines celebrates one-million passengers


The Denver-based airline began services from the Islip airport in August 2017


RONKONKOMA—Long Island MacArthur Airport and one of its major carriers, Frontier Airlines, celebrated a milestone earlier this week. 

Frontier began services from LIMA nearly two years ago. One million passengers have since used the Denver-based airliner’s services since they were made available at the Islip airport in August 2017. 

Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president of commercial, announced on Wednesday, June 26, the name of the one-millionth passenger during a press conference that was attended by Islip Town officials and about 180 passengers waiting for their flight. 

The milestone passenger, Eugene Dunkley, booked his nonstop flight to Atlanta, Ga., months earlier. Dunkley, who lives in Stone Mountain, Ga., was heading home with his two children, Alexander, 7, and Sofia, 5, after visiting family in his former Brooklyn neighborhood for the last two weeks. 

The lucky passenger was presented with four travel vouchers for future Frontier flights.  “It’s definitely a benefit,” Dunkley said, regarding the giveaway. “I can start planning my next trip now,” he laughed. 

Shurz said the airline is “very excited” to celebrate one million passengers in Islip. “We are incredibly appreciative for the remarkable support from the community and our outstanding airport partner,” he added. 

Supervisor Angie Carpenter recalled greeting Frontier’s first flight at LIMA with a “water cannon salute,” adding that the town has been “working with [the airline] in a positive way ever since.” 

Carpenter said the partnership has led to new destinations and jobs for the region. “Frontier offers a variety of choices for passengers traveling from our area, and also boosts tourism as we welcome visitors to discover all Long Island has to offer,” she added. 

Frontier’s latest nonstop city from MacArthur is Raleigh-Durham, N.C., which launched in April of this year. Airport commissioner Shelley Larose-Arken called Raleigh-Durham an “important technology and research destination.” 

Larose-Arken also said Frontier understands that Long Islanders don’t want to fight traffic, stand in long lines and “deal with crowded New York City terminals.” 

LIMA also utilizes two other major carriers, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, which help provide nonstop service to 10 major cities and connect to hundreds of other destinations across the globe. 

The airport serves 1.6 million passengers annually and employs 6000 people, with a $16.9 million annual operating budget and an economic impact of $600 million to the region and local economy, according to numbers provided by town officials.