Written by Staff
State funding approved for air traffic control services as federal cuts loom
By Elaine Paniszczyn
Recognizing the importance of air traffic safety at municipal airports, the Texas Transportation Commission approved on Thurs., April 4, funding to pay for continued operations of air traffic control towers at 14 airports in Texas. Twenty-one percent of aircraft take off and land at these towered airports.
“Safety is our top priority, and I am glad we’re able to keep these critical air traffic control services operating,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Fred Underwood. “As a pilot, I know firsthand how critical these services are to the safety of air traffic.”
When automatic budget cuts from the federal government went into effect last month, Texas regional airports were caught in the cross hairs and were scheduled to lose funding for positions for air traffic control services beginning April 7.
Cuts in federal funding for air traffic control services at 149 facilities nationwide are scheduled to begin in phases starting this week.