BUDGET CUTS: Iowa Airport Towers In Danger
Air Traffic Control Workers at three Iowa airports will find out if they still have jobs on Friday.
As a result of the federal sequestration the FAA must cut $600 million for its budget. The agency released a list of nearly 200 small airports that could lose their control towers in the cuts.
The three Iowa airports in danger are in Waterloo, Sioux City, and Dubuque.
Representative Bruce Braley wrote a letter to the FAA earlier in the week asking them to reconsider. “Having represented Dubuque for six years, I understand very well the impact this airport has on the local economy and jobs. This closure would negatively impact all aspects of the airport, but most drastically the University of Dubuque’s Part 141 Professional Pilot program,”he said.