EUGENE, Ore. — Sequestration, the government-approved budget cuts, forced the FAA to furlough a tenth of its air traffic controllers. The FAA warns as many as 6,700 flights could be delayed every day because there aren’t enough eyes to watch them all.
The cuts make it more difficult for travelers at larger airports; but at the Eugene International Airport, things are still on autopilot.
The airport says things are running without a hitch. There haven’t been any delays and flights were on time. But airport officials say just because there aren’t problems yet, doesn’t mean there won’t be in the future.
“Well I think it’s just really hard to know because we haven’t been in this situation before. So people can predict and say we’re going to have all these delays, but we won’t really know until we get there and experience it,” said Cathryn Stephens, Deputy Airport Director.
Stephens says there’s been worry the airport traffic controllers’ jobs will be cut. There are four airports in Oregon who might see those cuts, but Eugene isn’t one of them.
Looking forward to the rest of the week, airport administrators expect normal delays, but they’re preparing just in case the cuts make them longer.
We’ve only just begun after this first hurdle there’s still over half a billion cuts to go.