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.