If federal budget cuts begin to take effect on Friday, they will likely impact airports all across the nation.
The good news is that the Greater Binghamton Airport would remain open. The so-called sequestration would require $85 billion of across the board spending cuts. That will lead to the closing of some air traffic control centers. Binghamton's would be one. However, that would not mean that flights at BGM would be grounded. Instead, the airport would rely on control towers in other cities.
Carl Beardsley is Broome County's Aviation Commissioner. Beardsley says, "We would work with other air traffic control organizations and that would ensure that the planes coming in and out of our airport were doing so in a safe and efficient manner."
People who are flying Friday or over the weekend can expect business as usual. The worst case scenario, in the short term, would likely be delays at airports across the country. Beardsley says there are still many uncertainties as to how potential cuts would impact flights in the long-term, if Congress doesn't agree on a spending plan.