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Roanoke, Lynchburg Airports could feel sequester sting

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Both Roanoke and Lynchburg's airports could feel an impact from automatic federal spending cuts, known as the sequester, should they take effect on March 1st.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday outlined steps it may take, should it need to cut $1 billion as part of the sequester.  The FAA would bear about 60% of that burden (approx. $600 million).

As part of the FAA's possible cuts:

Lynchburg Regional Airport's control tower could close

Roanoke Regional airport could lose its overnight Air Traffic Controller shift

Other potential FAA impacts include shift cuts for various airport workers, and 90 minute flight delays at airports in major U.S. cities.

According to a statement from Sherry Wallace with the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, the earliest that fliers could see changes at ROA is April 1st.  Wallace also stressed that safety would not be impacted.

"Currently, the last passenger flights land at Roanoke Regional Airport between 11 p.m. and midnight and resume at 5:30 a.m. It is expected that the tower ground flight operations will be closed after the last flight and before the first flight of each day; however, passengers on late night flights delayed by weather, air traffic congestion or aircraft malfunction may be inconvenienced, depending on the policies of the various airlines using ROA," Wallace stated.

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