As much as would love to see Norwegian start flights to Islip as my cousin lives in nearby Romkomkona but I feel that their JFK operation is too close but if the airport could pull it off fair play to them.
JFK doesnt have routes direct to Dublin, Edinburgh, Shannon, Cork, etc With Norwegian.. So I think there is still a high possibility (Long Island People arent traveling to Stewart for a Flight
Sadly it appears the folks at ISP don't agree with you, at least they don't within their master plan document that was released in Feb 17 (some of the data points however are 5 years old)http://www.macarthurairport.com/images/ ... rPlan4.pdf
It's a big document and worth a read but basically the runways aren't long enough to handle it even with extensions that have been proposed and although i didn't read every word, I only saw 1 paragraph about CBP and that basically said there's 1 gate able to handle it and they bring the CBP people up from LGA as needed. While they wouldn't need a full time staff initially, they certainly might need more than that for the future. If they could figure out the runways, then ISP-DUB could be possible due to pre-clearance, but honestly i see little intent on the part of the management team to go after it, based on the growth objectives shown in the plan. Things always change, who'd have thought some of the D8 routes would ever happen, so never say never, this one however is more of a long shot, than a sure thing.
Yeah... The staff 5 years ago was.... Bad. Now we have a brand new team that has recently brought in Frontier and all of the other airlines are expanding. They have expressed the need and want for international travel. The DUB and LGW routes can work with Pre-Clearance but I’m guessing the rest won’t be able to happen till 2019 when LIMA (ISP) gets cleared by TSA for international travel.
Now about the ethnicities... Long Island is very diverse but a lot of the population have ties back to Ireland when most of the Potato farmers cafe over during the famine. Actually Islip is one of the most Irish Places In New York (Polls, articles say).
The rest of the population is made up of everything else (From Europe - German, Italy, Spain, Portugal, etc, etc)
I hope that airlines start to realize the opportunity of this airport (especially routes like - MYR, SJU, Upstate, CLT, LAS, LAX, Europe)