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.