The Transportation Security Administration has approved private jet charter firm ExcelAire Inc.'s new private jet terminal at Long Island's Islip MacArthur Airport as a departure point for travel into Reagan National Airport.
Reagan National Airport "offers easy and quick access to D.C. and surrounding areas for our clients that are meeting with government officials and conducting business in our nation's Capitol," said David Rimmer, executive vice president of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.- based ExcelAire.
After Sept. 11, 2001, the government banned all private flights into Reagan National Airport. Limited flights to the airport resumed in 2005, via the select group of approved gateway airports and approved private jet operators.
ExcelAire has been flying its charter jets into Reagan National Airport for more than two years, after it passed the TSA's approval process for charter flights. But its flights, like all other all private jet operators, had to enter D.C. from one of the 22 gateway airports approved for direct travel to the airport.
ExcelAire recently passed the rigorous TSA security checks and implemented special security procedures that were needed to add its Long Island private jet terminal departure site to the gateway list, enabling private jet operators to utilize its facility for travel into Reagan National.
Its new 110,000-square-foot private jet gateway -- which sits halfway between New York City and the Hamptons -- has on-site U.S. customs clearance, fuel, maintenance, concierge services for passengers and crews, and helicopter service to New York City.