COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - Due to a lack of funds, the Columbus Municipal Airport flight control tower will close on April 21.
24-Hour News 8 news partner The Republic reports that airport officials say flight and passenger safety will not be affected although the closure may slow arrivals and departures of some flights at the airport. This is because there will not be communication through a control tower.
On March 22, the Federal Aviation Administration made an announcement to stop funding 149 control towers in an effort to trim its budget. The budget cuts is part of the U.S. government's sequester.
Five air traffic control operators will lose their jobs.
The tower has been controlled by federal funds, more than $350,000 each year. The City of Columbus says it will not be able to provide city funds for the airport operators.
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