Budget Sequester could effect local airport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Just hours away from the budget sequester and Gulfport Biloxi International Airport Director Clay Williams says he's still not clear on how it will directly impact the airport.

But he does know changes are headed for the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration.

It's projected the FAA will lose more than $66 million for the 2013 fiscal year, meaning they will have to potentially furlough some employees and they are planning to shut down over 100 air traffic control towers across the United States.

Seven of those towers set to shut down are said to be in Mississippi, but Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is not on that list.

Williams says the list is based on a formula and it pertains to the number of total operations you have or the number of commercial operations you have.

Airport officials say they are working closely with both the FAA and TSA to insure safety and security and also to minimize any disruption that passengers may have to encounter.

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