The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 22, 2013

FAA to close two air traffic towers in Minn.


Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will close two air traffic control towers in Minnesota because of federal budget cuts.

The agency announced the decision Friday, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed.

In Minnesota, air traffic control towers slated for closure are at St. Cloud Regional Airport and Anoka County-Blaine Airport.

St. Cloud Regional Airport Director Bill Towle (tawl) says five jobs will be lost when the tower at his airport closes April 7. He says the airport "is certainly not going to be as safe" without the tower.

Two Minnesota airports that were on the preliminary list of possible tower closings were spared. They are Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie and the Crystal Airport.