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Spending cuts could hit local airports

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NATIONWIDE -- Flight delays could be in store for passengers across the country if the automatic spending cuts go into effect March 1st.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that over 100 air traffic control facilities would close, as the FAA makes $600 million in cuts.

Among those affected are the Binghamton and Ithaca airports, and Griffiss Airport in Rome. Those air traffic control towers would be closed.

FAA staff would also be furloughed one day per pay period, and overnight shifts would be eliminated at 60 facilities, including Hancock International Airport in Syracuse.

While the changes could eventually mean flight cancelations in some areas, closing air traffic control facilities does not mean airports would shut down.

Ithaca Airport Manager Bob Nicholas said most of their flights would be controlled from the Elmira airport. And, while it could mean delays, he does not feel it will cause any safety issues.

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