Wichita, Hutch, Garden City Included In Proposed FAA Cuts

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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February 22, 2013

Air traffic control facilities in Hutchinson and Garden City could close as the Federal Aviation Administration prepares for the possibility of a budget sequestration.

Among the other possible budget cuts the FAA would eliminate the overnight shift at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. The cuts are part of plans to reduce spending by $600 million.

Among the changes being considered are furloughing the vast majority of 47,000 employees for approximately one day per pay period; closing over 100 air traffic control facilities; eliminating the overnight shift at over 60 facilities; and reducing preventive maintenance and support for all air traffic control equipment.

Furloughs and facility shut-downs would begin in April.

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