By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal
The Federal Aviation Administration announced by email on Friday that the decision on which of the 189 airports in the the contract tower program it will cut funding to will be delayed until Friday, March 22.
Josh Abramson, executive director of the Tupelo Regional Airport said, “My assumption is that two business days was not enough time to review all the tower closure letters.”
All 189 airports had the opportunity to submit letters to the FAA to explain how a tower closure would adversely affect them. The appeals were due Wednesday night.
“The FAA has received a very large number of responses. In order to review comprehensively the submission on behalf of each airport, the FAA will delay the date of its final decision and announcement of which airport tower operations it intends to cease to fund,” David Grizzle, chief operating officer of the FAA said in the email.
Abramson does not think the FAA will be able to keep the tower closure from happening eventually but said their is legislation being considered that could.
Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas is said to be introducing legislation as early as Monday that would save the contracted tower funding.