FAA cutting funding to control towers May 5

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
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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