The Federal Aviation Administration said it may have to close several air traffic control facilities in North Texas if budget sequestration cuts are implemented on March 1.
The agency said it is considering furloughing 47,000 employees for one day per pay period, closing over 100 air traffic control facilities and eliminating overnight shifts at 60 facilities nationwide. The cost cutting measures will total $600 million for the remainder of its fiscal year.
"We are aware that these service reductions will adversely affect commercial, corporate and general aviation operators," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a letter to industry officials. "We also expect that as airlines estimate the potential impacts of these furloughs, they will change their schedules and cancel flights."
In North Texas, the FAA proposes eliminating its overnight shift at Fort Worth's Meacham airport air traffic control tower. The agency also suggests closing air traffic control towers at Fort Worth Spinks, Arlington Municipal, Grand Prairie Municipal, Dallas Executive and Collin County Regional in McKinney.
The furloughs and facility shutdowns are expected to begin in April, the agency said.