FAA to Close 149 Air Traffic Towers Under Cuts, 13 in Texas

Two towers in North Texas to be closed due to budget cuts

By Jason Keyser
|  Friday, Mar 22, 2013  |  Updated 4:58 PM CDT
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FAA Closing 149 ATC Towers, 13 in Texas

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The Federal Aviation Administration says it will close 149 air traffic control towers at small airports around the country because of federal budget cuts.

The agency announced the decision Friday, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed.

In Texas, 13 towers will close. Two of those towers are in North Texas -- Dallas Executive and Collin County Regional at McKinney.  To see a full list of closures, click here.

All of the affected airports will remain open. Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. That's something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.

In an accompanying statement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.

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