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Sequester cuts not expected to effect Augusta Airport

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Time continues to run out before billions of dollars in federal cuts become official, known as the sequester.

But could those cuts affect your departure time?

One of the Federal Departments looking at cuts is the Federal Aviation Administration, which is making plans to reduce spending by approximately $600 million in 2013.

But will those cuts have a significant impact on Augusta Regional Airport?

"So far we haven't heard any indications there's going to be an effect on Augusta," says Airport Director of Marketing Diane Johnston.

She says that's because most of the major cuts will happen at airports that serve less than 10,000 commercial flights a year.

"We're a fairly large airport. We have a lot of commercial activity," says Johnston. "We're over that. Significantly over that."

The cuts could close air control towers at smaller Georgia airports, such as ones in Albany and Lawrenceville, but Johnston doesn't expect the same here in Augusta.

However, one thing Augusta Regional will likely see: employee furloughs.

The FAA says they will furlough a majority of the agency's 47,000 employees approximately one day per pay periods until the end of the fiscal year.

But even that, Johnston says, won't hurt Augusta that much.

"They say it's going to affect all their employees," she says. "I don't expect it would make a big impact on our tower here."

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