*** MEDIA ADVISORY***
CARDIN, CUMMINGS, SARBANES & DELANEY TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE AT BWI AIRPORT
TO TALK ABOUT IMPACT OF SEQUSTRATION ON AIR TRAVEL AND REGIONAL ECONOMY
Sequestration Begins to Take Affect March 1
On Friday, March 1, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Congressmen Elijah Cummings (MD-7) John Sarbanes (MD-3) and John Delaney (MD-6) will hold a press conference with Maryland aviation officials to discuss the impact of sequestration on Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and what it will mean to air travelers, federal employees who work at the airport and the regional economy. In 2012, BWI Marshall set an all-time record of 22.68 million passengers and 246.4 million pounds of cargo.
On Friday, sequestration – automatic, across-the-board spending cuts – will begin to take effect. Unless Congress acts, sequestration requires $42.7 billion in cuts to defense programs and another $42.7 billion in cuts to non-defense programs over the next year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has warned that sequestration would force the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reduce expenditures by $600 million for the remainder of FY 2013. FAA officials estimate that such reductions could result in furloughs for employees that could cause serious delays and longer lines for passengers because of reductions to Customs and TSA employees, flight tower staffing levels, FAA airfield and equipment inspectors, baggage screeners and handlers. Additionally, delays of some capital improvement projects could occur at airports nationwide.
BWI Marshall is an important economic engine to Maryland that creates and supports almost 94,000 jobs, $3.6 billion in personal income, $5.6 billion in business revenue, and more than $2 billion in local purchases. Combined, the tax contribution for BWI Marshall is more than $721 million per year. Southwest Airlines, the leading carrier at BWI Marshall Airport, served more than 13 million passengers in 2012, a 4.2 percent increase over 2011.
· WHAT: Press conference at BWI Marshall Airport to talk about impact of sequestration on air travelers and employees who work at the airport.
· WHO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
U.S. Congressmen John Sarbanes (MD-3)
U.S. Congressman John Delaney (MD-6)
Paul Wiedefeld. Executive Director and CEO, Maryland Aviation Administration
Terminal A/B -- adjacent to Security Checkpoint for Concourse A.