Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW) - Major concerns this morning that flights out of Niagara Falls International Airport will be cancelled. It could see its air traffic control tower shutdown due to major federal budget cuts.
The FAA announced it will close 173 airport control towers next month. The final list has not been made public but Niagara Falls was on the "possible" FAA list last week. Even if it does close, Spirit Airlines, which many passengers use to go south for spring and Easter break will continue on.
It's been given approval by the FAA to operate even if the Falls' tower is shut down. It will follow FAA regulations to operate safely without a staffed control tower. It's done at several smaller airports throughout the country.
While your spring break plans may not be interrupted, you may have to pack your patience during this busy travel season. Cuts to the TSA are expected to cause major delays.
"I would say 150 to 200 percent. We will see these waits cascade over the next week,' Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said.
Airports affected by possible tower shutdowns have the next week to appeal the closures to the FAA. Final decisions are expected March 18th.