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Sequester is unlikely to affect service at Akron-Canton Airport short-term
Federal budget cuts could delay projects, but may not impact customers for weeks

Amy Cooknick
In The Region:

Despite the arrival of the sequester Friday, travelers at Akron-Canton Airport can expect the same service as always - for now.

The airport says the federal budget cuts are unlikely to affect fliers in the short term, but that could change if the sequester lasts several weeks.

Cuts were expected to hit small airports more heavily than other hubs. However, Akron-Canton – with daily big-jet departures and nearly 2 million customers a year -- says it does not consider itself a small airport.

Spokeswoman Kristi VanAuken says the airport’s main concern is losing funding for federal programs. She says that could lead to project delays and furloughs for TSA employees, which could increase wait times for passengers.

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Akron-Canton air traffic control is also slated to lose its midnight to 6 a.m. shift, along with Dayton, Youngstown-Warren, and Toledo Airports.

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