Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle on list of projected FAA sequestration cuts

WASHINGTON (WCIV) - The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it is making plans to cut its budget by $600 million for the remainder of the fiscal year as a part of the pending sequestration cuts.

The agency said it is considering furloughing "the vast majority" of its 47,000 employees for one day per pay period, closing over 100 air traffic control facilities, and cutting out the overnight shift at 60 facilities. The planned cuts also eliminate preventive maintenance for all air traffic control equipment.

The plans are still being finalized, the FAA said.

The FAA also has plans for longer furloughs and facility shut-downs in April, if a deal is not reached to avert the sequestration cuts.

The list of possible overnight shift eliminations includes Charleston and West Columbia's airports. For a complete list, click here.

Air traffic control towers facing cuts include those in North Myrtle Beach, Florence, Hilton Head and Greenville. For a complete list, click here.

The Charleston County Aviation Authority said Friday night that it was not aware of any interruption to air service at Charleston International Airport.

"Airport staff remains in contact with our federal partners to access potential impacts as they may evolve and staff will initiate action plans as required regarding issues from the sequestration," officials said.