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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.

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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