FAA Delays Decision On Gary Airport Tower
The Federal Aviation Administration postponed until this coming Friday a decision on whether to temporarily close the Gary-Chicago International Airport’s control tower. FAA officials reportedly delayed the decision to close more than 200 control towers at airports across the country to the end of the week because of an overwhelming number of appeals. The agency must decide by Friday which of the 238 towers will be closed. Congress is requiring the FAA along with all other government agencies to cut costs, as a way to help balance the nation’s budget. FAA officials say tower closures will not force airports to close… because planes can land without air traffic control help … although landings and takeoffs may be more difficult without air traffic controllers watching incoming and outgoing flights.