Local airports will be affected by cuts
The Federal Aviation Administration announces they will shut down air traffic control towers at 149 small airfields next month, because of $637-million dollars budget cuts brought on by sequestration. Airports in Sugar Land and Conroe will be among the affected facilities.
The FAA says they will stop paying air traffic controllers at those towers for four weeks, beginning April 7th. Officials in Conroe and Montgomery County already announced they will pay the air traffic controllers’ contract at Lone Star Executive Airport, while Sugar Land officials are said to be considering their options. Eleven other airports across Texas could also have their control towers closed.
Woodlands Congressman Kevin Brady, who heads the Joint Economic Committee, said in a statement, "The FAA is needlessly jeopardizing air safety, punishing communities and shutting down cost-effective towers to inflict political pain rather than cutting frivolous spending in their bloated budget.