Sacramento Executive Airport is on the list of federal contracted towers published today that are planned for closure in two weeks, as a result of the federal government's "sequestration" cutbacks.
Sacramento County officials said the closure notice was expected, and is unlikely to have an effect on Sacramento Executive on Freeeport Boulevard, which handles thousands of general aviation flights annually. County interim airports director Rob Leonard has said the tower sometimes currently goes unmanned.
The closure date for 149 small airport contract towers nationally, including executive airport's, is April 7, according to the Federal Aviaition Administration.
In a press statement, the FAA said Congressional mandate requires it to cut nearly $600 million from its nearly $48 billion budget this fiscal year. "Because the majority of its 47,000 employees are air traffic controllers, it is impossible to cut its budget without affecting controllers," the agency said in an online statement.
FAA officials have said they are contemplating limiting hours at FAA towers at larger airports, including Sacramento International, but a spokesman on Friday said the agency has not made any decisions on those yet.
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