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Air traffic controllers face furloughs under sequestration

Feb. 22, 2013 - 01:57PM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (AFP)

The Federal Aviation Administration may furlough “the vast majority” of air traffic controllers and other employees if across-the-board budget cuts take effect as scheduled next Friday, top officials told aviation trade groups in a letter Friday.

The agency, whose workforce totals about 47,000, is also considering closing more than 100 air traffic control towers around the country, eliminating midnight shifts at some 60 others, and cutting back on preventive maintenance and supplies, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in the letter.

If needed under sequestration, the cutbacks would begin in April, they said. Employee furloughs would average one day per pay period through the end of the fiscal year in September.

“All of these changes will be finalized as to scope and detail through collaborative discussions with our users and our unions,” LaHood and Huerta said.

The scheduled cuts, required by the 2011 Budget Control Act, will cost non-defense agencies about 5 percent of their budgets unless Congress and the Obama administration agree to head them off. While almost 4,000 FAA employees were furloughed for about two weeks in 2011 after Congress failed to pass a stopgap spending bill on time, those temporary layoffs did not affect air traffic controllers. In this case, “travelers should expect delays” because fewer controllers will be on duty, LaHood and Huerta said.

Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco could be slowed by up to 90 minutes during peak hours, according to their letter.

The cutbacks could also reduce the number of flights that can be in the air at any particular time, Doug Church, spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said in a statement. As a result, he said, the public could face fewer options and higher ticket prices.

“Air traffic controllers are accustomed to performing under pressure and they will rise to this challenge if confronted with it,” Church added. “But these kinds of indiscriminate cuts will not help improve the efficiency of the world’s safest air space.”

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Here is a list of 200 airports from which the department says it will select 100 whose towers will be closed by April 1.

• BFM Mobile Downtown Mobile, Ala.

• DHN Dothan Regional Dothan, Ala.

• TCL Tuscaloosa Regional Tuscaloosa, Ala.

• ASG Springdale Municipal Springdale, Ark.

• FSM Fort Smith Tower Fort Smith, Ark.

• FYV Drake Field Fayetteville, Ark.

• ROG Rogers Municipal-Carter Field Rogers, Ark.

• TXK Texarkana Regional-Webb Field Texarkana, Ark.

• GEU Glendale Municipal Glendale, Ariz.

• GYR Phoenix Goodyear Goodyear, Ariz.

• IFP Laughlin/Bullhead International Bullhead City, Ariz.

• RYN Ryan Field Tucson, Ariz.

• APC Napa Tower Napa, Calif.

• CCR Concord Tower Concord, Calif.

• CMA Camarillo Tower Camarillo, Calif.

• EMT El Monte Tower El Monte, Calif.

• FUL Fullerton Municipal Fullerton, Calif.

• HHR Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Hawthorne, Calif.

• LVK Livermore Tower Livermore, Calif.

• MER Castle Atwater, Calif.

• OXR Oxnard Oxnard, Calif.

• PMD Palmdale Regional/USAF Plant 42 Palmdale, Calif.

• POC Brackett Tower La Verne, Calif.

• RAL Riverside Municipal Riverside, Calif.

• RNM Ramona Ramona, Calif.

• SAC Sacramento Executive Sacramento, Calif.

• SCK Stockton Tower Stockton, Calif.

• SDM Brown Field Municipal San Diego, Calif.

• SMO Santa Monica Tower Santa Monica, Calif.

• SNS Salinas Municipal Salinas, Calif.

• SQL San Carlos San Carlos, Calif.

• STS Charles M. Schultz-Sonoma County Santa Rosa, Calif.

• VCV Southern California Logistics Victorville, Calif.

• WHP Whiteman Los Angeles, Calif.

• WJF General William J. Fox Airfield Lancaster, Calif.

• BJC Broomfield Tower Westminster, Colo.

• FTG Front Range Denver, Colo.

• BDR Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Bridgeport, Conn.

• DXR Danbury Municipal Danbury, Conn.

• GON Groton-New London Groton (New London), Conn.

• HFD Hartford-Brainard Hartford, Conn.

• HVN Tweed-New Haven New Haven, Conn.

• OXC Waterbury-Oxford Oxford, Conn.

• ILG Wilmington Tower New Castle, Del.

• APF Naples Municipal Naples, Fla.

• BCT Boca Raton Boca Raton, Fla.

• CRG Craig Municipal Jacksonville, Fla.

• EVB New Smyrna Beach Municipal New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

• FMY Page Field Fort Myers, Fla.

• FPR St. Lucie County International Fort Pierce, Fla.

• HWO North Perry Hollywood, Fla.

• ISM Kissimmee Gateway Orlando, Fla.

• LAL Lakeland Linder Regional Lakeland, Fla.

• LEE Leesburg International Leesburg, Fla.

• OCF Ocala International-Jim Taylor Field Ocala, Fla.

• OMN Ormond Beach Municipal Ormond Beach, Fla.

• OPF Opa-Locka Executive Miami, Fla.

• ORL Orlando Executive Orlando, Fla.

• PGD Punta Gorda Punta Gorda, Fla.

• SGJ Northeast Florida Regional St. Augustine, Fla.

• SPG Albert Whitted St. Petersburg, Fla.

• SUA Witham Field Stuart, Fla.

• TIX Space Coast Regional Titusville, Fla.

• VQQ Cecil Jacksonville, Fla.

• ABY Southwest Georgia Regional Albany, Ga.

• AHN Athens-Ben Epps Athens, Ga.

• CSG Columbus Metropolitan Columbus, Ga.

• FTY Fulton County-Brown Field Atlanta

• LZU Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field Lawrenceville, Ga.

• MCN Middle Georgia Regional Macon, Ga.

• RYY Cobb County-McCollum Field Atlanta

• JRF Kalaeloa (John Rodgers Field) Kapolei, Hawaii

• ALO Waterloo Tower Waterloo, Iowa

• DBQ Dubuque Regional Dubuque, Iowa

• SUX Sioux Gateway Sioux City, Iowa

• IDA Idaho Falls Regional Idaho Falls, Idaho

• LWS Lewiston-Nez Perce County Lewiston, Idaho

• PIH Pocatello Regional Pocatello, Idaho

• SUN Friedman Memorial Hailey, Idaho

• TWF Joslin Field-Magic Valley Regional Twin Falls, Idaho

• ALN St. Louis Regional Alton/St. Louis, Ill.

• ARR Aurora Tower Sugar Grove, Ill

• BMI Central Illinois Regional at Bloomington-Normal Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

• DEC Decatur Decatur, Ill.

• DPA Dupage West Chicago, Ill.

• MDH Southern Illinois Carbondale/Murphysboro, Ill.

• MWA Williamson County Regional Marion, Ill.

• SPI Springfield Tower Springfield, Ill.

• UGN Waukegan Regional Chicago/Waukegan, Ill.

• BAK Columbus Municipal Columbus, Ind.

• BMG Monroe County Bloomington, Ind.

• GYY Gary/Chicago International Gary, Ind.

• HUF Terre Haute International-Hulman Field Terra Haute, Ind.

• LAF Lafayette Tower West Lafayette, Ind.

• MIE Delaware County Regional Muncie, Ind.

• FOE Forbes Field Topeka, Kan.

• GCK Garden City Regional Garden City, Kan.

• HUT Hutchinson Municipal Hutchinson, Kan.

• IXD New Century AirCenter Olathe, Kan.

• MHK Manhattan Regional Manhattan, Kan.

• OJC Johnson County Executive Olathe, Kan.

• TOP Philip Billard Municipal Topeka, Kan.

• LOU Bowman Tower Louisville, Ky.

• OWB Owensboro-Daviess County Owensboro, Ky.

• PAH Barkley Regional Paducah, Ky.

• CWF Chennault International Lake Charles, La.

• DTN Shreveport Downtown Shreveport, La.

• LCH Lake Charles Regional Lake Charles, La.

• MLU Monroe Regional Monroe, La.

• NEW Lakefront New Orleans

• BAF Barnes Municipal Westfield/Springfield, Mass.

• BVY Beverly Municipal Beverly, Mass.

• EWB New Bedford Regional New Bedford, Mass.

• LWM Lawrence Municipal Lawrence, Mass.

• ORH Worcester Regional Worcester, Mass.

• OWD Norwood Memorial Norwood, Mass.

• ESN Easton/Newnam Field Easton, Md.

• FDK Frederick Municipal Frederick, Md.

• HGR Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Field Hagerstown, Md.

• MTN Martin State Baltimore, Md.

• SBY Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Salisbury, Md.

• ARB Ann Arbor Municipal Ann Arbor, Mich.

• BTL W.K. Kellogg Battle Creek, Mich.

• DET Coleman A. Young Municipal Detroit

• JXN Jackson County-Reynolds Field Jackson, Mich.

• MKG Muskegon County Muskegon, Mich.

• SAW Sawyer International Marquette, Mich.

• ANE Anoka County-Blaine Airport (Janes Field) Minneapolis

• FCM Flying Cloud Eden Prairie, Minn.

• MIC Crystal Tower Crystal, Minn.

• STC St. Cloud Regional St. Cloud, Minn.

• BBG Branson Branson, Mo.

• COU Columbia Regional Columbia, Mo.

• JEF Jefferson City Memorial Jefferson City, Mo.

• JLN Joplin Regional Joplin, Mo.

• STJ Rosecrans Memorial St. Joseph, Mo.

• GLH Mid Delta Regional Greenville, Miss.

• GTR Golden Triangle Regional Columbus/West Point/Starkville, Miss.

• HKS Hawkins Field Jackson, Miss.

• HSA Stennis International Bay St. Louis, Miss.

• MEI Key Field Meridian, Miss.

• OLV Olive Branch Olive Branch, Miss.

• TUP Tupelo Regional Tupelo, Miss.

• GPI Glacier Park International Kalispell, Mont.

• HLN Helena Regional Helena, Mont.

• EWN Coastal Carolina Regional New Bern, N.C.

• HKY Hickory Regional Hickory, N.C.

• INT Smith Reynolds Winston Salem, N.C.

• ISO Kinston Regional Jetport at Stallings Field Kinston, N.C.

• JQF Concord Regional Concord, N.C.

• GRI Central Nebraska Regional Grand Island, Neb.

• ASH Boire Field Nashua, N.H.

• CDW Essex County Fairfield, N.J.

• TTN Trenton Mercer Trenton, N.J.

• AEG Double Eagle II Albuquerque, N.M.

• HOB Lea County Regional Hobbs, N.M.

• ROW Roswell International Air Center Roswell, N.M.

• SAF Santa Fe Municipal Santa Fe, N.M.

• BGM Binghamton Tower Johnson City, N.Y.

• FOK Francis S. Gabreski Westhampton Beach, N.Y.

• IAG Niagara Falls International Niagara Falls, N.Y.

• ITH Ithaca Tomkins Regional Ithaca, N.Y.

• POU Dutchess County Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

• RME Griffiss International Rome, N.Y.

• CGF Cuyahoga County Cleveland

• MFD Mansfield Tower Mansfield, Ohio

• OSU Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio

• TZR Bolton Field Columbus, Ohio

• YNG Youngstown-Warren Regional Vienna, Ohio

• ADM Ardmore Municipal Ardmore, Okla.

• LAW Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Lawton, Okla.

• OUN University of Oklahoma Westheimer Norman, Okla.

• PWA Wiley Post Oklahoma City, Okla.

• SWO Stillwater Regional Stillwater, Okla.

• WDG Enid Wooding Regional Enid, Okla.

• LMT Klamath Falls Klamath Falls, Ore.

• OTH Southwest Oregon Regional North Bend, Ore.

• PDT Eastern Oregon Regional at Pendleton Pendleton, Ore.

• SLE McNary Field Salem, Ore.

• TTD Portland-Troutdale Portland, Ore.

• CXY Capital City Harrisburg, Pa.

• IPT Williamsport Regional Williamsport, Pa.

• LBE Arnold Palmer Regional Latrobe, Pa.

• LNS Lancaster Lancaster, Pa.

• PNE Northeast Philadelphia Philadelphia

• RDG Reading Regional-Carl A. Spaatz Field Reading, Pa.

• CRE Grand Strand North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

• FLO Florence Regional Florence, S.C.

• GYH Donaldson Center Greenville, S.C.

• HXD Hilton Head Hilton Head Island, S.C.

• MKL McKellar-Sipes Regional Jackson, Tenn.

• MQY Smyrna Smyrna, Tenn.

• NQA Millington Regional Jetport Millington, Tenn.

• ACT Waco Regional Waco, Texas

• BAZ New Braunfels Municipal New Braunfels, Texas

• BPT Jack Brooks Regional Beaumont, Texas

• BRO Brownsville/South Padre Island International Brownsville, Texas

• CLL Easterwood Field College Station, Texas

• CNW TSTC Waco Waco, Texas

• CXO Lone Star Executive Houston

• FWS Fort Worth Spinks Fort Worth, Texas

• GGG East Texas Regional Longview, Texas

• GKY Arlington Municipal Arlington, Texas

• GPM Grand Prairie Municipal Grand Prairie, Texas

• GTU Georgetown Municipal Georgetown, Texas

• HYI San Marcos Municipal San Marcos, Texas

• RBD Dallas Executive Dallas

• SGR Sugar Land Regional Houston

• SSF Stinson Municipal San Antonio

• TKI Collin County Regional at McKinney Dallas

• TYR Tyler Pounds Regional Tyler, Texas

• VCT Victoria Regional Victoria, Texas

• OGD Ogden-Hinckley Ogden, Utah

• PVU Provo Municipal Provo, Utah

• HEF Manassas Regional/Harry P. Davis Field Manassas, Va.

• LYH Lynchburg Regional/Preston Glenn Field Lynchburg, Va.

• ALW Walla Walla Regional Walla Walla, Wash.

• MWH Grant County International Moses Lake, Wash.

• OLM Olympia Regional Olympia, Wash.

• PAE Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) Everett, Wash.

• RNT Renton Municipal Renton, Wash.

• SFF Felts Field Spokane, Wash.

• TIW Tacoma Narrows Tacoma, Wash.

• YKM Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field Yakima, Wash.

• CWA Central Wisconsin Mosinee, Wis.

• EAU Chippewa Valley Regional Eau Claire, Wis.

• ENW Kenosha Regional Kenosha, Wis.

• JVL Southern Wisconsin Regional Janesville, Wis.

• LSE La Crosse Municipal La Crosse, Wis.

• MWC Lawrence J. Timmerman Milwaukie, Wis.

• OSH Wittman Regional Oshkosh, Wis.

• UES Waukesha County Waukesha, Wis.

• CKB North Central West Virginia Bridgeport, W.Va.

• HLG Wheeling Ohio County Wheeling, W.Va.

• HTS Tri-State Milton J. Ferguson Field Huntington, W.Va.

• LWB Greenbrier Valley Lewisburg, W.Va.

• PKB Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Parkersburg, W.Va.

• CYS Cheyenne Regional/Jerry Olson Field Cheyenne, Wyo.

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