BIA Air Traffic Control Tower to Remain Open, Despite Federal Cuts
Officials in Bangor say the airport won’t have to close its air traffic control tower because of federal budget cuts – at least for now. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it will shut down 149 control towers at small airports around the country. The news comes a month after the agency released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed. The assistant director of Bangor International Airport says budget cutbacks have already been effecting the airport.Federal employees have been required to take furlough days and a large plane from Ireland wasn’t able to land due to employee overtime cuts. Instead it was re-routed to Washington, D.C., costing Bangor’s airport money.All of the airports that have to close their control towers will remain open, but the pilots will have to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves.