Budget cuts this week affect airports locally and nationally

By Matt Porter
By Conor Mooney

Budget cuts this week affect airports locally and nationally

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Monday marks the first day of mandatory furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Because of sequestration cuts, roughly 15,000 air traffic controllers must take unpaid time off of work. Sequestration is the result of Congress failing to agree to a national budget by a self-imposed deadline of March 1.

The FAA says as many as 30 percent of its flights may be delayed as a result.

Beginning this week, air traffic controllers in Binghamton will be required to take a one-day furlough every two weeks as a result of the mandatory cuts due to sequestration.

The airport tower was under consideration for closure, but it was taken off the list.

The Ithaca Airport control tower will be closing due to cuts.

The TSA cuts will not affect the Greater Binghamton Airport because their staff had been cut already in previous years.