Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on February 25, 2013 @ 8:03PM
Created on February 25, 2013 @ 4:46PM
There have been reports that federal budget cuts could affect the North Central Regional Airport right in Harrison County.
If lawmakers fail to stop these budget cuts, that are suppose to take effect on Friday, control towers at five airports in the mountain state could close by April 1st and one of them being in Bridgeport.
The other four stated for closure are in Wheeling, Huntington, Lewisburg, and Parkersburg. So the only towers that would remain open would be those in Morgantown and Charleston. The Federal Aviation Administration said they're planning to close 100 towers with fewer than 150,000 flights a year to hopefully trim $6 million in costs. Now if these towers close flights will still run, but pilots using radios will have to coordinate landings and takeoffs all on their own, with no help from air-traffic controllers. The airport director said it would be devastating if these towers got closed because it would cause people to lose their jobs and who knows if it would ever re-open.
"Our airport is so important to our community with industries located there, military training and commercial service. We just hope that people come to their senses and they reconsider those cuts and we can move forward. All we can do is hope that congress comes together and gets to a deal where it's a win win for everybody. Surely we're going to talk to our representatives and work with our local people to let them understand that we don't want this to happen," said Richard B. Rock, Interim Airport Director.
There is no need to worry right now because it isn't definite that these towers are going to close.
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