RAA Bemoans Sequestration
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) expressed alarm in late February over the potential for drastic cuts to regional airline service as a result of automatic spending cuts in the U.S. federal budget known as sequestration. The legislation, which took effect on March 1, calls for $600 million in cuts to the FAA budget through September, resulting in the elimination of midnight shifts at 30 secondary airports and the likely closure of 100 control towers at airports frequented by regional airlines.
“The government is playing an irresponsible game of chicken–with no winners–and the traveling and shipping public will be the losers,” said RAA president Roger Cohen in a statement. “The communities most dependent on scheduled service from regional airlines for their only connection to the global economy will be hurt the most.”