Airport Advisory Board talks authority take over, Sequester cuts

Airport Advisory Board talks authority take over, Sequester cuts

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 1:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Airport Advisory Board wants more information about the possibility of an independent airport authority taking control from the city. 

On Thursday morning, members of the advisory board heard about how the government sequester could affect the airport.  The Transportation Security Administration told the board that sequester cuts won't affect screening forces. 

The TSA also said they plan to freeze open management positions.

Meanwhile, Air Traffic Control and Customs and Border Control say it's possible some workers will be furloughed 11 to 14 days.  Air Traffic Control hopes to spread those furlough days between pay periods, rather than consecutively. 

Jerry Orr, Charlotte Douglas aviation director, says he doesn't expect a big impact here in Charlotte. 

"This is a very big airport.  We're a top 10.  This is category-five control tower, which is the highest level.  And the cuts will start at the lower levels," he said.

The federal government requires employees be given 30 days notice before furlough.  So, those cuts likely won't start until April. 

The advisory board will hold a special work session to discuss the impact of an airport authority on the Charlotte Douglas Airport.  The board is seeking feedback from airport staff, which could include aviation director, Jerry Orr.  Several members of the board stated they have little information regarding an airport authority. 

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