not sure what's going on, but we are definitely seeing lane closures."
The agency said it was forced to take "significant budget reduction actions" as a result of more than $500 million in cuts brought about by sequestration. The sequester was enacted March 1 after Democrats and Republicans in Congress failed to reach agreement on a federal budget deal, with actual cuts scheduled to kick in April 1. "In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if we see four hour waits. We didn't have this last year or the years before that. That might discourage people. It's going to be interesting."
Brownsville's airport was among them. Contract towers are staffed by private employees whose salaries come from the FAA, as opposed to FAA employees themselves.
"That's when the heaviest flow of traffic is," he said. "That will be commercial traffic and (general aviation) traffic. Our GA ramps out here will fill up on Saturday."
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The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau said that, unlike years past, it has not kept track of motel booking on the Island in anticipation of this year's Semana Santa. However, Roxanne Guenzel, executive director of the SPI Chamber of Commerce, said Friday she had seen a telltale increase in the number of cars with Mexico plates. She said Semana Santa crowds the past few years have been decent not gangbusters, but decent.
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Thanks to sequestration, getting from Mexico to South Padre Island for Semana Santa, or Holy Week, this year could take a little longer by automobile, though air passenger service shouldn't be affected despite the loss of federal funding. Customs and Border Protection.
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Brown has insisted that Brownsville's airport tower will remain open sequester or no sequester and that other sources of funding will be tapped to Prada Etiquette Bag Nylon keep controllers in the tower. He's equally insistent now, arguing that closing the tower effectively means closing the airport, that closing the tower is unacceptable any time of year and especially during the peak period, which is now. Traditionally, things are busiest from the week before Easter until the week after, Brown said.
"It's a big deal," he said. "It's once a year."
Semana Santa traffic normally gets very heavy the week before Easter, Sepulveda said. Naturally, closed inspection lanes couldn't come at a worse time, he said. Despite violence across the border, large numbers of Mexican nationals still make the annual pilgrimage by car, Sepulveda said.
"We're happy for that," she said. "It's not like it was 10 years ago, but it's been good."
"We're staying in constant communication with Customs and Border Patrol, but obviously if they don't have resources there's little they can do," he said. "But we'll be in direct communication with them and try to be creative and hope we don't get to those type of waiting times."
air travelers, according to Brown, won't be affected. Sepulveda hopes the same is true for tourists arriving by car, though he fears that may not be the case.
Long Holy Week border wait times likely to worsen amid sequester cuts
An official statement from CBP said the agency would "make every effort to minimize the sequester's impact on public safety and national security." At the same time, according to the statement, CBP expects employee furloughs, reduced overtime and a hiring freeze to increase wait times at ports of entry.
that the timing of sequester cuts couldn't be worse, but emphasized that the airport will remain open. On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced its decision on airports with federal "contract towers" that would lose funding due to budget cuts under sequestration.
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