Airports Face Possible Cuts in Federal Funds

MARCH 6, 2006 - Posted at 8:09 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Airport officials in Arkansas say a federal budget proposal would sharply cut funds for improvements to airports in the state.

Officials say the proposed cuts could slow expansion projects, including a runway extension at Little Rock National Airport.

George Downie is director at Hot Springs Municipal Airport and he serves as co-chair of legislative affairs for the Arkansas Airport Operators Association.  Downie says every airport in the state is watching the budget.

Last year, president Bush's proposed budget proposed similar cuts but Congress ignored the line item and instead increased the amount of federal money for airport improvements.  Arkansas aviation officials are hoping for a similar move this year.

Arkansas isn't singled out in the proposed cuts.  They would affect airports across the country.

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