Sequestration could cut 12% of air traffic controller workforce – raising fares and slowing air service

If Congress fails to determine a path for decreasing the federal budget deficit, an across the board automatic budget cut, known as “sequestration” will be imposed on January 2. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association released a new report yesterday outlining the dire effects of sequestration on air travel. Highlights from the report include:

  • In total, the annual FAA budget will be cut by $1.35 billion.
  • Cuts to the FAA’s Operations budget will result in anywhere between 2,000 and 2,200 controllers being furloughed – 12% of the workforce
  • Airlines will suffer increased delays and increased costs if the capacity of the NAS is reduced. The slowdown caused by ground delays could lead to significant fines.
  • As many as 900 technicians and 600 safety and aircraft certification personnel will be lost
  • NextGen modernization will stall

Read the full report here.

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One Response to Sequestration could cut 12% of air traffic controller workforce – raising fares and slowing air service

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