Santa Fe air traffic controllers spared through mid-June

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 6:43 pm | Updated: 6:58 pm, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

WASHINGTON — The closings of control towers at 149 small airports, due to begin this weekend because of government-wide spending cuts, are being delayed until mid-June, federal regulators announced Friday.

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport was among those slated to lose air-traffic controllers in May, but airport Director Jim Montman confirmed Friday that the facility’s tower will remain open through at least June 15.

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  • Hector_Sanchez posted at 7:26 am on Sun, Apr 7, 2013.

    Hector_Sanchez Posts: 15

    Around $600,000 per year.

    Of course, nowhere is it mentioned that just reducing the hours of ALL towers nationwide would have accomplished the same savings. But no, this is a political stunt from the Administration to make taxpayers "see and feel" the pain of sequestration so that they will urge their (Republican) legislators to accept higher taxes in the budget negotiations. It's unethical.

  • guero posted at 8:27 pm on Sat, Apr 6, 2013.

    guero Posts: 20

    Obama is in San Francisco raising millions of dollars for his party - while he flies there on taxpayer paid jets. Why doesn't he raise money to fund something for the people, like air traffic control, or tours of the White House?

  • GP Herbert posted at 3:57 pm on Sat, Apr 6, 2013.

    GP Herbert Posts: 46

    You see my friends, if we had voted Mitt Romney into office, we would have not had this silly little stunt of closing control towers.

  • sfobserver posted at 7:28 am on Sat, Apr 6, 2013.

    sfobserver Posts: 63

    It would be helpful to know what the cost of operating the tower in Santa Fe is. I dont see that info in this article. Also why is the city budget flat? The city just hired at least two people to help with the red light program and now apparently allows city workers and their families into the Chavez center for free even though it is an enterprise fund and has never paid for itself. The city can afford to pay $1000 extra for the mayor's wife to change an airline ticket to attend a convention and more than that for the cancelled airline tickets and room changes for Wurzberger but cannot find the money to operate this tower?


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