FAA will close 149 control towers due to sequester cuts, includes Johnson County Executive Airport
4:12 PM, Mar 22, 2013
5:17 PM, Mar 22, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Johnson County Executive Airport will be one of 149 airports nationwide forced to shut down its control tower by April 7, the FAA announced Friday.
The decision to shutter 149 so-called "contract towers" came as a result of sequester-mandated cuts to the agency. Most of the towers which will have to close are in rural areas.
"We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers and these were very tough decisions," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement posted on the FAA's website. "Unfortunately we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration."
The FAA allowed airports an opportunity to appeal to keep their towers open if the tower operated in the "national interest," and several area airports originally slated to lose their tower met this criteria and will be able to keep their towers open.