Airport sequester may affect Spokane Airport

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Leaders at the Spokane International Airport say it's too early to know exactly how they'll be impacted but as a regional airport, the affects of Federal Aviation Administration cuts could hit Spokane harder than in bigger cities.

If congress does not stop the automatic cuts scheduled in 4 days, longer lines, delayed flight and fewer options for travelers are all possible.

Spokane Airport CEO Larry Krauter says passengers don't need to worry for the next couple of weeks but should prepare for challenging summer travel season.

"If you're booking flights in the future after April, I want to make sure that people in our community are very careful," says Krauter.

The proposed FAA cuts would likely impact airlines more than security. While those cuts would take affect at the end of the week, there is a plan in place to get the airport through the next 30 days.

"Right now I'm not ready to sound the alarm. I think we need to continue to work and make our contingency plans," says Krauter.

Krauter also says the sequester has only brought attention to budget issues and change in the industry that they are already trying to work out in the past few months.

 

 

 

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