As a FYI, the FAA foresees $619 million sequestration cut 1 March. HLS Sec Janet Napolitano said to the Senate Appropriations Committee: “At major international airports, average wait times to clear customs will increase by 50%” Wait times at the busiest US airports are already 2 hours and could double and other domestic passenger wait times would increase by more than an hour. (for comparison DoD is looking at $490 billion in automatic spending cuts.)
With these cuts in mind, ASA can play a role by advocating on behalf of the States back to the Federal Government.
- We need ASA members to voice back to Congress the impact of FAA budget decisions in their respective States.
- We need ASA member to voice back to Congress the positive or negative impact of Next Gen ATM deployment in their respective States.
- We need ASA member to voice back to Congress to impacts of FAA budgets and it impact of on rural Air Service and the Airport Improvement Program.
Brian Dubie, Chair