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Schumer calls for making MacArthur an international airport

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RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) - A politician is urging the federal government to allow a customs facility at Long Island's MacArthur Airport so it could provide international flights.

Sen. Charles Schumer says airport officials already are at work on a plan to retrofit their facilities to allow an international customs gate there.

But according to Newsday hey'd first need approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Schumer says several airlines have sent letters of intent.

Newsday reported previously that MacArthur has seen a 46% decrease in commercial flights since 2007.

Schumer says a customs facility could be a magnet for new carriers.

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