ST. CLOUD -- The impending sequester that's set to take place March 1st would trigger some budget cuts that would impact St. Cloud's Regional Airport.

Airport Director Bill Towle says our air traffic control tower is one of the 250 around the country that would be closed down. But, Towle says while that's unfortunate, it isn't a death sentence. Towle says commercial airlines like Allegiant still fly out of airports which don't have an air traffic control tower so he doesn't expect it to impact the flights to Mesa, Arizona.

Towle also says talks about securing direct flights to Chicago also won't be impacted too greatly.

If the sequester happens, the tower would likely be closed in April and would sit idle for the rest of the fiscal year.