Airport Control Towers At Risk

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Proposal

I propose that the FAA rescind the proposed closure of these airport control towers,

The decision to close airport control towers at 149 airports will have a devastating impact on those airports:

  • Commercial airlines will almost certainly pull out.
  • Many jobs will be lost, the contractors, security staff, ground staff, and others.
  • The people who were flying out of those airports will have to go elsewhere, adding time and expense to their trips.
  • The safety of the airport will be in question, so any flights that can go elsewhere, will.

These cuts neither rational nor fair:

  • The closed airports use contractors, and actually cost the government less than the ones that use FAA employees, so this move does not save the most possible amount of money with the least possible impact, it does the reverse.
  • The closed airports are not the 149 smallest airports. The list includes a collection of small and medium airports. Some airports on the list are significantly larger than hundreds of smaller airports that are unaffected. So this cut does not use the size of the airports as its rational to limit the impact to the fewest number of passengers.

This decision unfairly and arbitrarily targets 149 airports that will be devastated by this change, while leaving hundreds of other larger and smaller airports unaffected. Please join me in demanding a moratorium on these changes and an accounting from the FAA to demonstrate that they have created a rational plan that meets both the letter and spirit of the term 'across the board cuts'.

See Airports for a table of airport data. Each airport has data and a link to more information about that airport.

The table includes information about 'enplanements', which the FAA defines as the number of commercial passengers boarding an aircraft at an airport. This number does not include arriving or through passengers, so the number of 'flights' in and out of an aiport would be about double that number. That number includes only 'for hire' traffic, so it should be a pretty good gauge of commercial traffic as opposed to private traffic. There is also a number for 'rank', which is the rank of the airport based on the enplanement information.

News Around the Web

Delegation urges control towers stay open

GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

BEVERLY — The state’s congressional delegation is once again urging the federal government not to close air traffic control towers at six airports in the state, including Beverly Municipal Airport.

In a Nov. 22 letter to the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, as well as the state’s eight House congressional members, said they are concerned that the FAA is again considering closing the towers due to budget cuts.

Flight Towers Stay Open

U-T San Diego

Air traffic control towers at small airports across the United States, including Ramona Airport and Brown Field in Otay Mesa, will keep operating today regardless of the budget showdown in Washington, D.C., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA promises to continue funding for control tower

The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

MAXWELTON — Under the shadow of a potential federal government shutdown, the Federal Aviation Administration assured a Greenbrier Valley Airport official Monday the Maxwelton facility’s air-traffic control tower will remain open.

“The FAA came out with a contingency plan,” airport manager Jerry O’Sullivan said. “The plan calls for the FAA to fund the contract towers, like ours.”