Spending cuts could see runway closures

2013-02-27 21:46
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Washington - Deep spending cuts could force the world's busiest airport and others in the US to close runways, causing widespread flight delays and cancellations, the union representing air traffic controllers said on Wednesday.

The billions of dollars in spending cuts are scheduled to go into effect across the government on Friday, but furloughs of air traffic controllers won't begin until April because the Federal Aviation Administration is required by law to give its employees advance notice.

That will delay most of the impact of the spending cuts on air travel for at least a month.

Significant furloughs would leave too few controllers to handle planes at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, for example, forcing the closure of one of its three runways, said the report by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

Instead of 126 landings per hour, there would be only 96 landings, the report said.

Houston's Intercontinental and Chicago's O'Hare airports may also have to close runways, it said.

"What Congress and everybody needs to understand is that the world's busiest airport runs like a Swiss watch," said Victor Santore, the union's Southern regional vice president.

"If you slow down the arrival rate, the national airspace system will most certainly suffer. It takes hours to recover at Hartsfield."

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has predicted that flights to cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because fewer controllers will be on duty.

The union report called that estimate "conservative”.

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