FAA to close control towers at 4 Arizona airports

FAA to close control towers at 4 Arizona airports

CREATED Mar. 22, 2013

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

PHOENIX (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it will close air traffic control towers at four small airports in Arizona due to federal budget cuts.
   
The agency announced its decision Friday. It came a month after the FAA released a preliminary list of 238 facilities nationwide with low traffic volumes and control towers operated by contractors that faced closures.
   
On the list of 149 air traffic control towers to be shut down beginning April 7 are the ones at Glendale Municipal Airport, Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City and Ryan Field in Tucson.
   
The FAA says the airports will remain open. However, pilots would have to coordinate takeoffs and landings themselves via radio and visual contact, as they do now at night when the tower isn't open.

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