Albany-based airport control tower could end up on closure list
Albany-based airport and it's control tower could end up on the closure list
Pilots would have to communicate with the control tower based in Jacksonville, FL
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Friday which airport control towers will shut down across the country. Officials say nearly 200 towers are on that list due to funding issues related to sequestration.
One of the towers on the closure list is the one that serves Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany.
The FAA postponed their decision Monday after they got an overwhelming number of appeals from airports across the country.
One of those appeals came from the Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission saying if the airport's only air traffic control tower were to close, it could cause major problems for the future of the Albany-based airport.
If the tower were to close as expected on April 7th that would mean clearance for all planes departing and arriving into Albany including UPS cargo jets, private aircrafts, and Delta Regional planes would be turned over to the control tower at the Jacksonville, Florida airport.
Officials are worried they won't be able to provide pilots with weather and traffic-control related information. In addition to that, the airport would only utilize two runways instead of their current three which could cause delays for travelers.
The FAA says 189 towers at small airports around the country are on the chopping block Friday. Officials here in Albany say they are now playing the waiting game - hoping their name won't end up on the list.