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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Cornyn: Flight Delays Are Politics

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says the FAA is playing politics with flight delays.
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Travelers are facing more flight delays around the country and here in Austin because of budget cuts forcing air traffic controllers to take time off.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has accused the Federal Aviation Administration of “deliberately engineering flight delays and inconveniencing passengers and creating hardship just in order to try to make a political point.”

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Transportation
6:23 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Air Traffic Controller Furloughs Leading to Flight Delays

Waits at airports expected as budget cuts force controllers to take time off
Flickr, David Barrie http://www.flickr.com/photos/addictive_picasso/80085483/

Remember the Sequester? The across-the-board federal budget cuts? Get ready to start feeling the effects the next time you fly. Delays at the Austin airport could become noticeable as soon as Tuesday.

For air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, mandatory furloughs are in effect: a forced day off for every pay period. That means fewer controllers working airport control towers.

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Transportation
7:10 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

FAA Delays Air Traffic Control Towers Funding Cut

Control towers to continue operations at smaller airports
City of Georgetown https://airport.georgetown.org

The federal government is delaying the closure of 149 airport control towers to deal with a lawsuit filed by companies that operate the towers under contract.

The first closures had been scheduled for Sunday.

In Texas, towers at smaller airports, including those in San Marcos and Georgetown, got emergency funding this week from the Texas Transportation Commission to stay open for 90 days.

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Texas
5:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Funding for Air Traffic Control OK'd

San Marcos, Georgetown and other towns across Texas won't lose their air traffic controllers for now.
courtesy city of San Marcos

Texas air traffic control towers are staying open for now, thanks to funding approved today by the Texas Transportation Commission.

The $2 million will keep the towers staffed at smaller Texas airports, including the ones in Georgetown and San Marcos, that were set to close as soon as this weekend after mandatory federal budget cuts known as the sequester.

Texas
9:20 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Georgetown Wants Options for Keeping Airport Tower Open

The tower at Georgetown Airport is set to close next month.
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The Georgetown City Council voted unanimously last night to direct airport staff to come up with possible options for keeping the airport tower open. It’s scheduled to close on or after April 7 as part of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

Some are concerned safety will be put at risk without tower operators. There are also concerns that revenues will go down and businesses will be hurt because fewer people will use the airport.

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Transportation
11:56 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Texas Business Signals Concern Over Air Traffic Tower Closures

Georgetown and San Marcos are losing their air traffic control towers, and some are concerned this will impact the private aviation industry.
courtesy city of San Marcos

With Georgetown and San Marcos losing their air traffic control towers due to sequestration-related budget cuts, one private aviation business owner is concerned the impact could be harmful to Austin and Central Texas.

Last week, the FAA announced 149 air traffic control towers across the country would be closed down. This does not mean entire airport closures. But Jay Carpenter, secretary of the Texas Aviation Association, told KUT News last week that the closures just make the airports less safe. 

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ABIA
9:15 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Faster Security Checks for Frequent Fliers Coming to ABIA

Some frequent fliers could soon skip past long security lines at ABIA.
KUT News

Some travelers at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will soon be able to get through security faster.

A Transportation Safety Administration spokesman tells KUT News this morning that ABIA is being added to the TSA’s “Pre Check” Program.

Pre Check allows frequent fliers who’ve met certain requirements to pass through a designated security check point where they may not have to take off their shoes, jackets and belts. They also may not have to remove laptops or liquids from carry-on items.

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Transportation
7:07 am
Fri February 8, 2013

East Coast Winter Storm 'Nemo' Cancels Austin Flights

Snow expected on the east coast is already causing flight cancelations at Austin-Bergstrom.
KUT News

This is the kind of Nemo you don’t want to find.

Winter Storm Nemo, which the Weather Channel is calling a possible “record setting blizzard”, is just getting started on the Northeast coast. But it is already contributing to flight cancelations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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Business
7:42 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Austin Airport Breaks Passenger Record in 2012

Ihwa Cheng/KUT News

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport saw more passengers last year than it ever has before. About 9.4 million people departed from or arrived to the airport in 2012. That was a four percent increase from 2011.

ABIA added more non-stop flights last year, including service to Washington D.C., Portland, and Philadelphia. And 200,000 people came through for the Formula One race in November.

But officials say they don’t expect to see the same gains in 2013. 

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Transportation Security Administration
2:10 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

TSA X-Ray Body Scanners Sit Idle in Warehouse

The TSA removed X-ray body scanners from major airports, planning to shift them to smaller airports. But many of them sit in a warehouse as the agency looks into whether the manufacturer, Rapiscan Systems, falsified software tests.
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Last month, the Transportation Security Administration said it was moving nearly half its X-ray body scanners from some of the nation's biggest airports to smaller ones. But it turns out that more than 90 of the controversial machines will sit in a Texas warehouse indefinitely, agency officials said Thursday.

The agency says it hopes to someday deploy the warehoused machines, but even that prospect was thrown into doubt by allegations that the manufacturer, Rapiscan Systems, may have falsified tests of its experimental privacy software designed to eliminate explicit images of passengers' bodies.

The machines in the warehouse cost about $14 million total, or roughly $150,000 each.

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Formula 1
4:15 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Photos: Austin-Bergstrom Busy, But Not Overwhelmed, by F1

Car service drivers await their arrivals at ABIA as F1 roars into town.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Austin’s airport certainly looks a lot different from a normal day. There’s additional security, several car service drivers, and a bunch of people in yellow shirts speaking a bunch of different languages.

But it’s not the insane crush many expected for Formula 1.

Despite the anticipated arrival of 18,000 visitors today, “things seem to be running fairly smoothly,” says Jim Halbrook with Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). “We’ve got customer service representatives throughout the terminal helping people find their way, helping people find their ground transportation." 

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