FAA: Charleston air traffic control could lose overnights

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Federal Aviation Administration has released a list of air traffic control centers that could be affected by the federal government's impending sequester, and Charleston International Airport is on it.

According to a list from the FAA, the Charleston airport could see overnight shifts eliminated.  The resulting fall-out could potentially cause delays and hassles for passengers.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority released the following statement:

"At the present time we are not aware of any interruption to air carrier service at Charleston International Airport.

Airport staff remains in contact with our Federal partners to access potential impacts as they may evolve and staff will initiate action plans as required regarding issues from the sequestration."

Joint Base Charleston released also released a statement:

"We are aware of the statement issued by the FAA today, we won't speculate on what impacts could occur from sequestration. 

When we have further guidance from our leadership within the Department of Defense we will update the public.  Those updates will include information regarding air operations at Joint Base Charleston and Charleston International Airport."

The tower in West Columbia is also on the list of towers that could lose shifts.

Towers at Grand Strand, Florence Regional, the Donaldson Center in Greenville, and Hilton Head could lose air traffic control facilities altogether, according to another FAA list.

Congress has seven days to balance the budget, otherwise $85 billion worth of cuts will be set in motion. The largest chunk coming from defense-related programs.

For more information on the sequester, click here.

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