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Shreveport Downtown only La. tower set to close

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 23, 2013 Mar 23, 2013 Saturday, March 23 2013 March 23, 2013 4:16 PM in News
By: Associated Press

MONROE, La. - Shreveport's Downtown Airport will see its control tower close sometime after April 7.

It was the only Louisiana airport tower among the 149 named for closure Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration. All the towers are staffed by contract employees.

The FAA specifically spared Lake Charles Chennault International Airport. Three other airports that had faced tower shutdowns - Lake Charles Regional Airport, Monroe Regional Airport and New Orleans Lakefront Airport - weren't named and will apparently stay open for now.

The FAA is closing control towers as part of mandated automatic federal budget cuts. Losing a tower doesn't close an airport. Instead, pilots must communicate with each other by radio instead of relying on controllers. The lack of a tower makes airports ineligible for military flights and could slow operations.

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