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April 19, 2014, 2:06 am

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Springfield Airport Tower To Stay Open; Bloomington, Decatur On Closure List


Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport officials are relieved at the news that the air traffic control tower her will stay open. 

 

Springfield had been on a preliminary list of possible tower closures because of the federal budget sequester.  But the list of FAA cuts focuses on towers that are manned by contractual personnel, rather than a full FAA tower like Springfield.  That means several Illinois airport towers will close temporarily... including Bloomington and Decatur. 

 

Springfield airport manager Mark Hanna says closing those towers is, quote, "an embarrassment" to the American aviation system, but he warns it could also be hazardous.  And he says no one may really know just how dangerous it will be until something bad happens.

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