Sequester could impact Bowman field

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by Nicole Harrell

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 7:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The government sequester could mean big changes for travelers across the country. In Louisville, the air traffic control tower at Bowman Field could be cut.

The FAA needs to quickly cut 600 million dollars. That means the traffic control towers at small airports across the country, like Bowman Field, could shut down.

Essentially, Bowman would use the same procedures that are in place for landing during overnight hours when a traffic controller is not on duty.

The FAA also plans to furlough most of its 47,000 employees for at least one day per pay period and eliminate overnight shifts at more than 60 airports.

That means less preventative maintenance and support for air traffic control equipment which means a greater risk for travelers.

If a deal is not made, the furloughs and facility shut downs will begin the first week of April.

The cuts could also close air traffic control towers in Owensboro and Paducah Kentucky.
 

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