TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Federal budget cuts are expected to force the shutdown of control towers at two small Arkansas airports, though at least one of the airports is working to keep its tower open.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released a list of towers to close that includes ones in Texarkana and Fayetteville. The airports themselves will remain open.
In all, the FAA says 149 towers run under contract for the agency will close beginning early next month under automatic spending cuts.
Texarkana Regional Airport Director Stephen Luebbert says tower operation is an essential part of running a safe airport so - he says - the airport will find a way to continue to provide that service, perhaps by pooling with other airports that are losing their contract towers.
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