MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Control towers at seven airports in Virginia and West Virginia could close by April 1 if lawmakers fail to head off federal budget cuts set to take effect Friday.
The Federal Aviation Administration
warns it will have to close 100 towers at airports with fewer than 150,000 flights a year as part of its plan to trim $600 million in costs.
In Virginia, the Manassas and Lynchburg towers would close.
In West Virginia, only the towers at Morgantown and Charleston would remain open.
Slated for closure are towers at Bridgeport, Wheeling, Huntington, Lewisburg and Parkersburg.
Flights would still run, but pilots using radios would have to coordinate landings and takeoffs themselves, with no assistance from air-traffic controllers. That could lead to delays clearing runways.