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WSDOT responds to possible airport tower closures

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 16:53

Tristan Atkins, WSDOT director of aviation, 360-709-8020

In a recent letter to the FAA, WSDOT urged the agency to implement measures to stop airport tower closures. Possible closures are a result of federal budget sequestration that went into effect March 1. FAA has put all airport towers with fewer than 150,000 total operations and fewer than 10,000 commercial operations on the list for possible closure. WSDOT’s response emphasized the benefits that airport towers bring to our state’s economy, transportation system and emergency response capabilities.

Towers listed for possible closure include:

  • Walla Walla Regional
  • Grant County International
  • Olympia Regional
  • Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field)
  • Renton Municipal
  • Felts Field
  • Tacoma Narrows
  • Yakima Air Terminal/McAllister Field

The FAA will consider feedback about tower closures on or before March 13. Submissions may be sent to ATO-Terminal Services at ClosureComments@faa.gov or faxed to ATO-Terminal Services at 202-493-4565. The FAA plans to finalize the list of facility closures by March 18.

Read WSDOT's response (pdf 367 kb)

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