FAA Heeds Costa Call to Maintain Overnight Service at Fresno Yosemite

Washington, DC- Rep. Jim Costa applauded the FAA’s decision to halt the elimination of the overnight shift at Fresno Yosemite International Airport and 71 other facilities nationwide. The FAA had previously announced the possibility of discontinuing these shifts due to budget sequestration. Costa supported legislation that would allow the FAA to end budget-related furloughs and reverse previous decisions to discontinue critical services, such as the overnight shift at Fresno Yosemite Airport.  

“FAA heeded our call to find a better path forward in dealing with sequestration,” said Costa. “The FAA is doing the right thing by rolling back their ill-advised decision to discontinue the overnight air traffic control shift at Fresno Yosemite Airport.  This will help keep our skies safe, support natural disaster response, and ensure that the 144th has the tools needed to complete their mission.”

When the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013, Costa made clear in a letter that the flexibility given to the FAA under this bill must be used to end furloughs, to maintain the overnight air traffic control tower shift at airports across the country including Fresno Yosemite International Airport, and to prevent the closure of 149 air traffic control towers including the tower at Merced’s Castle Airport. The President signed the bill last week.

Specifically, the legislation eliminated the need for furloughs at the nation’s air traffic control towers. The bill also granted the FAA the ability to shift funds for other programs within the agency giving the Secretary the ability to maintain service at non-contract towers such as Fresno International Airport. Costa urged the FAA to use this flexibility to continue critical services at airports in the Valley and nationwide.