Friday, March 22, 2013
Posted by: Admin
Washington, DC—March 22, 2013--The Regional Airline Association is working with the FAA to identify and mitigate what appears to be inevitable impacts on scheduled air service caused by the planned closure or reduction in operating hours of many air traffic control towers and staff furloughs at regional and field offices. The FAA’s original plans, which may begin as soon as April 7, could close towers at 89 passenger air service airports. Some 54 additional airports were initially identified to have their control tower hours of operations reduced. The agency recently announced plans to cut $600 million in FY2013 as part of a budget sequestration. See today’s FAA announcement here.
“Regional airlines serve some 650 US airports - -nearly ¾ of which rely exclusively on regionals – and in our effort to continue serving these communities, RAA will continue to work closely with FAA to identify suitable alternatives,” notes RAA Senior Vice President-Operations & Safety Scott Foose.