Two midstate air traffic towers part of FAA closures

Written by Tim Lambert and The Associated Press | Mar 22, 2013 2:27 PM
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(Washington) -- The federal Aviation Administration says it'll close 149 air traffic control towers at small airports around the country, including two in the midstate, because of federal budget cuts.

The towers at Capital City Airport in York County and Lancaster Airport will not be staffed, beginning April 7th.

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

All of the affected airports will remain open.

Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. That's something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.

 In an accompanying statement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.

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