May 10, 2013
FAA ANNOUNCES AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWERS WILL REMAIN OPEN
Today, the FAA announced plans to keep the air traffic control tower operating at Ryan Airfield, as well as 148 other airports across the nation, through the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30). Previously, the FAA had planned to close Ryan's tower April 7, then that date was delayed until June 15.
The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) applauds the FAA's decision and would like to thank the Congressional delegation serving southern Arizona, who supported legislative action to maintain funding for the federal contract tower program.
"Having a staffed tower at Ryan Airfield means major safety and economic benefits for our entire region. In partnership with FAA, industry groups and elected representatives, TAA will continue to work to extend tower funding beyond fiscal year 2013," said TAA President/CEO Bonnie Allin.