Airport on FAA target list
HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Tri-State Airport is on a Federal Aviation Administration list of airports that could be closed if automatic federal spending cuts kick in March 1.
At issue are $85 billion in mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts this fiscal year, including cuts to the FAA, if lawmakers in Washington, D.C., do not reach a compromise by the end of next week.
Remarks from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued to reporters in the White House briefing room Friday afternoon indicated that upcoming forced government spending cuts will heavily impact the FAA, triggering flight delays nationwide and control tower closures at 100 of the nation’s smallest airports, according to The Associated Press. Among local airports on the list of facilities that face closure was Tri-State Airport and airports in Bridgeport, Wheeling, Lewisburg and Parkersburg, W.Va., as well as Owensboro and Paducah, Ky., and five small airports in central and northern Ohio.
Read more, including response from the airport and the state's U.S. senators, in Saturday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch.