Sequestration Update
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Houston Airports Look to Inform Passengers
on Sequestration Impacts


March 8, 2013

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The Houston Airport System is taking several steps to minimize the potential impacts of sequester cuts in federal funding.
The Houston Airport System (HAS) is taking several steps to keep passengers informed on the possible impacts of sequestration cuts in federal funding.

“Houston Airports is concerned about the budget issues in Washington, which would certainly impact aviation nationwide,” said Mario C. Diaz, director of Houston Airports. “Anything that would interrupt air travel, especially international travel would be troubling. Anything that impacts FAA, TSA or CBP staffing could have a negative effect on our wait times, and if prolonged will have a negative impact on the local economy.”

As a result, Diaz says HAS is taking several steps to minimize the potential for negative impacts to Houston’s air passengers.

First, HAS will work diligently to keep passengers informed in regards to passenger flows at both George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

The airport system’s Web site, fly2houston.com, will offer updated information on wait times for both security checkpoints manned by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as well as the U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s (CBP) federal inspection services facility.

The airport system will also bring in additional customer service representatives to make sure that passengers feel as if they have a partner in navigating their way through the travel process when and if delays and cancellations occur.

Finally, Diaz says he will be utilizing the voice of a group called the Texas Commercial Airports Association (TCAA) in making sure that elected officials are aware of the potential impacts at the 25 commercial passenger airports operating in the state. The coalition group was formed to present a unified voice to government leaders, and Diaz says that dialogue is even more important now that sequestration cuts are part of the political reality.

“I’m proud to serve as the Board Chairman for the TCAA and I’m even more proud to say that the response from our political delegations in Austin and Washington, D.C. has been overwhelmingly positive,” Diaz says.

Concerns surrounding the potential impacts of sequestration cuts were immediately heard from members of the air travel industry, since $600 million of the proposed cuts could come from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency that controls and manages our nation’s skies.

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