The air traffic control tower at the Binghamton Regional Airport could see reduced staffing under a proposal before the FAA.
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is opposing a recommendation by the National Facilities Realignment and Consolidation Report that would cut the number of controllers working at BGM in half.
That’s because the plan would turn management of the airspace outside the local control perimeter over to the operation in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.
Plus, Gillibrand says the remaining positions would be downgraded and see a reduction in pay.
The proposal would do the same for the Elmira-Corning Airport.
The Senator says the threat to safety and the local economic impact aren’t worth what little savings the plan would generate.