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Budget cuts could leave Tweed Airport in New Haven without air tower staff

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The scheduled federal budget cut that is supposed to kick in at midnight could leave some of Connecticut's airports, including Tweed Airport in New Haven, without tower staff. 

The convenience of Tweed is getting complicated. The airport is learning its airport tower staff, which helps aircraft arrive and depart safely, may be cut as part of the scheduled $85 billion in budget cuts that go into effect March 1.

Technically, the airport's four departing and four arriving flights from Philadelphia could still run, but U.S. Airways may choose not to for safety reasons.

The airport said U.S. Airways won't say what it will do, but that its planes do fly in and out of airports without airport tower staff.

The tower staff workers are paid for by the federal government as part of a contract. However, that contract may be one of the items cut in the $85 billion.

People flying Thursday said these cuts could cost the community growth.

"Certainly transportation is the key to economic growth so, you cut the transportation you're going to effect the economics of the area," said Joe Schutte.

Airport officials are counting on keeping the tower staff as they continue to recruit more airlines to offer service at Tweed.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy along with U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will be holding a news conference Friday afternoon with officials from Tweed.

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