Republic Airport, which is authorized to serve aircraft with up to 30 seats,
is located in Suffolk County on Long Island. The Airport, which was formerly
owned by a private company, was acquired by New York State in order to promote
economic development in the Long Island region. We examined the effectiveness
of these efforts, which are overseen by the Department of Transportation. We
identify a number of factors that have limited the effectiveness of the efforts,
such as local concerns about noise if the Airport were allowed to serve commercial
jets and local opposition to the use of Airport land for other commercial purposes.
We also note that the Airport has generally incurred an operating deficit, which
must be subsidized by the State. We raise several questions that are relevant
to the continued operation of the Airport.
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