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No FAA Furloughs at the Redding Airport, Flyers May Still Experience Delays

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Apr 23 2013 09:59:32 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2013 10:14:59 PM CDT
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On Sunday the FAA furloughed thousands of air traffic controllers, delaying travel times from a few minutes to a few hours.

Redding Airport manager Rod Dinger said there were two rounds of sequester cuts that affected the airports.

The first shut down some 200 control towers around the country in early April.

The second round of cuts are the furloughs of thousands of air traffic controllers.

None of those cuts took place at the Redding Airport.

However, Dinger is not holding his breath, saying what may happen down the road is still unknown.

"It's politics and I'm just unhappy it's got to this point," said Dinger.

At the Redding Airport on Tuesday it was business as usual, but parts of the east coast and Florida are feeling the cuts.

Dinger said on the west coast, Los Angeles is the first to experience longer wait times but potential waits at the San Francisco International Airport could affect Redding flyers.

At the Redding Airport work done in the one control tower is contracted out to a private company.

The tower operates from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m and employs five people.

Dinger said the contract program has been in effect for about 11 years and Redding's tower is one of 230 contract towers in the country.

The program was put in place during the Clinton Administration to save money.

However with cheaper contracts Dinger said the government can easily decide to do away with the contracts, leaving the burden on the city.

Dinger said for now he's glad his airport wasn't on the chopping block this go-around but said as cuts continue there could be turbulence ahead in 2014 and 2015.

A manager with the Chico Airport said they're in a similar situation as Redding, with delays possible for flights to and from San Francisco.