5 La. airport towers could close in federal cuts
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Automatic federal budget cuts could shut down control towers at five Louisiana airports.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Friday of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic spending cuts go into effect March 1.
Among the airports that could be affected are Lake Charles Regional Airport, Lake Charles Chennault International Airport, Monroe Regional Airport, New Orleans Lakefront Airport and Shreveport Downtown Airport.
LaHood and Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, sent a letter Friday to aviation associations outlining projected cuts. The loss of air traffic control facilities is part of the FAA's plan to cut $600 million from the rest of the 2013 budget year in anticipation of automatic budget cuts.