FAA Cutting Funding to Control Towers May 5

Mar 28, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced dates it plans to cut funding to 149 contract air traffic control towers — including two in Alabama.

Federal officials Wednesday announced funding will be cut to regional airports in Tuscaloosa and Dothan on May 5. FAA officials say airport operators have the choice to continue operating as a non-towered airport or continue providing services as a non-federal control tower.

FAA officials say they're prepared to negotiate agreements with airport directors who wish to reimburse the FAA to provide maintenance and logistical services, among others, after the funding is cut.

Automatic spending cuts have moved the agency to close contract air traffic control towers in an effort to meet a federally mandated $637 million budget cut.

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