Sacramento International Airport might lose its air traffic controllers overnight if big federal budget cuts materialize - but officials say that won't interfere with airport operations.
The airport is one of 72 across the country that could lose air traffic controllers overnight once the federal "sequester" budget cuts kick in, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
But Rob Leonard, interim Sacramento County airport director, said planes could still take off and land during the overnight hours, even if the control tower is dark. That's because overnight activity is relatively light at Sacramento International, he said.
"Is it desirable? No. Can activity continue safely? Yes," he said today.
Sacramento Executive Airport, home to thousands of general aviation flights a year, could lose its control tower altogether if the budget cuts kick in as scheduled Friday, according to the FAA.
But Leonard said it wouldn't affect operations there, either.