Topeka, Manhattan Air Towers Would Close Under Sequester

(WIBW) - Six Kansas air traffic control towers would be closed if Congress allows sequestration to kick in.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a list of more than 100 air traffic control facilities it would close to reduce spending by $600 million for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year. The cuts are part of automatic budget reductions that take effect March 1 if Congress and the White House do not come to agreement on some combination of tax hikes and spending reductions to keep the nation under its debt limit.

Billard Airport and Forbes Field in Topeka are on the list, along with Manhattan Regional Airport. The other Kansas locations are Garden City, Hutchinson and New Century Air Center in Olathe.

The FAA plan would also eliminate overnight shifts at more than 60 facilities, including Wichita. Other planned spending reductions by the FAA include furloughing the vast majority of its 47,000 employees for approximately one day per pay period.