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Some Central Texas Airport Control Towers Shutting Down
Control towers at several Central Texas regional airports will have to shut down after the FAA announced a list Friday of airports that will have their federal budget slashed.
The Georgetown, San Marcos and New Braunfels airports were put on that list.
The federal government is pulling millions in funds nationwide because of the latest budget battle in Washington D.C. The FAA must cut $637 million from its budget for the fiscal year that ends in September.
The towers slated to close are at smaller airports with lighter traffic. But some are serviced by major airlines, and the cuts could also leave towers unmanned during overnight hours in a few big cities. Without controllers, pilots will have to land without help by communicating among themselves on a common radio frequency.
The airport's control towers will go dark on April 7.
For a full list of the closures, go to http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=14414.
(AP contributed to this report.)