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Old 03-28-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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TxDOT will fund 13 municipal airports in Texas, including Tyler Pounds
AUSTIN — In an effort to ensure safety at 13 municipal airports in Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation today said it intends to fund continued service of air traffic controllers when federal funding goes away as a result of sequestration, or budget cuts. This action is pending Texas Transportation Commission approval and will be acted upon in an emergency session next week. The action would enable continued service for 13 airports.

“Safety is the primary reason we felt a need to take immediate action for the air travelers and business aircraft that use these airports,” said Commissioner Fred Underwood, Texas Transportation Commission. “I am proud of our leaders for taking this extraordinary measure to ensure that those relying on these municipal airports will be able to depart and arrive safely and efficiently.”


“Flying is an integral part of commerce in Texas,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “Local communities are counting on these airports to remain open for continued economic success.”

When automatic budget cuts from the federal government went into effect last month, Texas regional airports were caught in the cross hairs and were scheduled to lose funding for air traffic control service positions beginning April 7. Had this funding not been considered, a degradation of safety in those flight operations could have occurred.

Airports that could receive state funding to continue safe operations include:

New Braunfels (BAZ); Brownsville (BRO); Easterwood Field College Station (CLL); TSTC Waco (CNW); Lone Star Executive Houston (CXO); Georgetown Muni (GTU); San Marcos Muni (HYI); Dallas Executive (RBD); Sugarland Regional (SGR); Stinson Muni San Antonio (SSF); Collin County Regional (TKI); Tyler Pounds Regional (TYR); and Victoria Regional (VCT).

Grand Prairie Municipal and Fort Worth Spinks airports remain funded under a federal agreement until September 30, 2013.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Texas doesn't need you Obama! We're our own country.

Lets see how Illinois airports stay alive...
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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Yep, good news, the city of Tyler also said they would have funded too, to my surprise.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Yep, good news, the city of Tyler also said they would have funded too, to my surprise.
After several million dollar expansions I would hope so.

Tyler Pounds Regional was recently ranked best performing small airport in Texas by the FAA a few years back.

Its extinction (if it ever happened) would dole a severe blow to Tyler & all of East Texas economically.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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Forgive the question, but I hadn't heard anything about Gregg county's airport. Are they affected by this as well? Considering that Tyler is bigger than Longview I could see how they would be.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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Gregg County is funded differently thru the gov. Not to be affected. Yes, Tyler has had about 3 times the passenger load as Gregg County, I mean ET Regional. I am envious of the ET Name, Tyler said no to the name many years ago, and Longview said we will gladly take it. Tyler wanted to stay with a local World War II hero by the name of Pound or Pounds. So no ego boast with the name pounds, but many more passengers and flights with two major airlines. American Airlines wanted to withdraw service to Longview several years ago, the FAA said no. Anyway, more and off topic to what you asked.
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