'Sequestration' could force closure of Muskegon County Airport

11:32 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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March 1. 'sequestration' could force closure of Muskegon Co. Airport.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - If lawmakers do not come up with a plan to counter across-the-board federal spending cuts on March 1, a lakeshore airport's control tower could be shut down.

Under the so-called sequestration the FAA would lose $600 million in funding, forcing the agency to close more than 100 air traffic control towers.

USA TODAY (http://usat.ly/159kFTS) is reporting that Muskegon County Airport's tower is on the short list of towers that may be closed. Tower closings and other cuts could mean higher ticket prices, longer lines and significant delays for travelers.

"Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Spencer Dickerson, U.S. Contract Tower Association also expressed concern over the looming sequestration. "It's hard to see how that's not going to impact safety in terms of the efficiency and safety of the system. So we're very concerned on how that's going to play out."

LaHood says furloughs and facility shut-downs would most likely begin in April.

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