PHOENIX — Federal aviation officials have released the dates when funding
will stop for nearly 150 air traffic control towers nationwide including those
at four small Arizona airports.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that federal funding
will cease for the control tower at Ryan Field in Tucson on April 7.
Control tower funding will end April 21 at Glendale Municipal Airport and
Phoenix Goodyear Airport and on May 5 for at Laughlin/Bullhead International
Airport in Bullhead City.
The FAA says the airports will remain open. Pilots will have to coordinate
takeoffs and landings via radio and visual contact, as they do at night when the
tower isn’t open.
Federal budget cuts resulted in the FAA deciding to close 149 control towers
operated by contractors at airports with low traffic volumes.