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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Officials at Southwest Georgia Regional airport will file an appeal to try to keep their air traffic control tower open.

The tower is one of 173 across the country set to close due to sequester federal spending cuts.

Airport director Yvette Aehle says Albany city leaders are in Washington right night talking to Georgia Congress members about how the cuts will affect our region.

She says, although pilots can fly without air traffic controllers, they're still needed.

"Folks losing their jobs is never a good thing. We actually have a couple that work in the air traffic control tower, so they're going to go from 2 salaries to 0 next month if we're going to be closing so that puts us in a very precarious position," said Aehle.

Aehle says the sequester cuts will not affect the new terminal construction or jobs at the new terminal.

If the airport loses its appeal, controllers will lose their jobs April 7th.

 

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