Huntsville International Airport’s Fight for More Control

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – One would be hard-pressed to name an area not effected by across-the-board budget cuts. Huntsville International Airport says they have very tangibly seen the symptoms of our nation’s sequester as well.

“Any time you’ve got your largest employer in town who has restrictions on travel – we’re going to feel that.”

Port of Huntsville Spokeswoman Chantal Minish says local travel rates have been down by as much as 20 percent in recent months; a figure far greater than the airport had initially anticipated.

“When we look at our passenger traffic we definitely see a decrease,” admits Minish. “We were already planning on lower numbers because we lost Airtran in September of 2012 but around December we started noticing the impacts sequestration has had on our whole community.”

Minish says Huntsville International has submitted for a Department of Justice small community airport grant asking…

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