Harrisburg International Airport has not yet felt the effects of sequestration.
Scott Miller, spokesman for the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, said there was talk of eliminating the midnight shift at the airport. That plan never came to fruition, but he said Federal Aviation Administration employees were experiencing furloughs. He could not comment on the severity of the furloughs, but said the airport’s services have not been affected.
“The airport has not been impacted at all,” Miller said.
The FAA announced in March that the control tower at the New Cumberland Capital City Airport would be closed. The airport is one of 149 air traffic control towers slated for closure. The tower closures will not force the shutdown of any of those airports. Miller said the tower is a “contract tower” with the FAA, and the contract will end on June 15.
Harrisburg International Airport and Capital City Airport are two miles apart by air, Miller said. The two towers work to coordinate air activity between them, which Miller said was important to maintain.
“We’re hoping that doesn’t happen, of course, and we’re working at various different levels to see if we can’t get that decision reevaluated,” Miller said in regard to the tower being closed.
Pilots are used to flying without that sort of coordination. Miller said pilots are trained to fly in and out of uncontrolled airports, and “they know how to do it safely.” He maintained that the coordination of the two towers should remain in place. Miller said he does not expect a big change when the tower is closed.
“I don’t expect a huge amount of people to avoid Capital City and start coming here,” he said.