Star Staff Reports
The Federal Aviation Administration released a list of control towers set to close across the country due to the sequester. Several of those are in the Mid-South including the tower at the Millington Regional Jetport. There will be 149 air traffic control towers closing due to budget cuts.
Towers in Olive Branch, Miss., Tupelo, Miss., Jackson, and Millington are slated to shut down, stripping off a layer of airport security. This raises serious safety, efficiency, and economic concerns that the agency has failed to consider, according to the U.S. Contract Tower Association. The FAA announced Friday that in an attempt to deal with sequestration the agency will close 149 control towers nationwide over a four week period beginning on April 7. A full list of closures can be viewed here. The FAA determined that 24 towers previously listed for closure will remain open because of national security concerns.