- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) - Suffolk County officials say they will allocate $1.5 million to help turn around the ailing Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1P79bXh ) reports that $1 million of the funding will be used for construction of a new federal inspection station for international flights.

The proposed inspection station could cost upward of $10 million to build and still requires approval from the Department of Homeland Security.

Town figures show the airport lost nearly $4.2 million from 2010 to 2012.

Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter says the addition of international flights would help the Ronkonkoma-based airport rebound.

The airport built a customs facility catering to small, private international aircrafts last year.

County Executive Steve Bellone says the remaining funds $500,000 will be used for marketing the airport.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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