The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a final list of 149 air traffic control facilities that will close at small airports around the country in hopes of cutting $637 million from their budget.
The closures will take place early next month and a whopping 47,000 employees will be unemployed due to the budget cuts. Pilots will be forced to coordinate take offs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency, despite the closures reportedly not forcing full blown airport shut-downs.
The budget cuts pose concerns in reference to safety and how the closures will affect neighboring communities. Some communities rely on airports to attract tourists and businesses.
FAA administrator Michael Huerta said, “We will work with the airports and the operators to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of non-towered airports.”
Times are really hard and companies are scramming, trying to cut ties with loose ends. We hope the newly unemployed airport employees can bounce back from this.
SOURCE: Huffington Post