In a recent letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington State Department of Transportation officials urged the agency to implement measures to stop airport tower closures, including operations at Tacoma Narrows airport.
Possible closures of control towers at regional airports 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 with Tacoma Narrows include: Walla Walla Regional, Grant County International,Olympia Regional,Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field), Renton Municipal, Felts Field,and Yakima Air Terminal.
The FAA will consider feedback about tower closures on March 13. Submissions for comment 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.