Sequester won't hit Lincoln airport

2013-02-28T15:00:00Z 2013-08-13T20:42:05Z Sequester won't hit Lincoln airportBy MATT OLBERDING / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

It appears the Lincoln Airport will be spared any effects of the federal government budget cuts set to start Friday.

Executive Director John Wood on Thursday told members of the Airport Authority that the two main operations under federal control at the airport -- security and air traffic control -- will not be affected.

Wood said neither the Federal Aviation Administration, which runs the airport's control tower, nor the Transportation Security Administration, have notified him of any plans to cut staff or reduce hours.

Other airports may not be so lucky. The FAA has put Eppley Airfield in Omaha on a list of airports that may lose overnight control tower shifts, and the towers in Grand Island and Sioux City, Iowa, are on a list of those that might close altogether.

The potential cuts are due to the so-called sequester, a law that requires $85 billion in total cuts to discretionary programs this year, including the FAA and Transportation Security Administration.

No airports should see any personnel cuts for at least a month, because federal employees are entitled to 30 days' notice before being furloughed.

Wood said if Congress can't come up with an agreement to replace the sequester with other cuts, the Lincoln Airport might start to see some effects relating to programs that are administered out of the FAA's district office in Kansas City, such as delays in getting approval for grants.

Otherwise, fliers in Lincoln shouldn't be affected at all.

"It should not be too bad for us," Wood said.

Reach Matt Olberding at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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