Georgetown Airport instructed to brainstorm options


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on March 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 10:22 PM

GEORGETOWN, Texas -- The Georgetown City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to have Georgetown Airport staff study all options over the next several weeks to keep the airport tower open.

The Georgetown Airport was informed by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday that federal funding would end at 10 p.m. on April 6th, 2013.

Sarah Hinson with the Georgetown Airport told KVUE News that closing down the airport tower puts hundreds of flights at risk, however, Hinson says she's counting on the federal government to step up between now and April 6th.

The cuts to funding is all part of the sequester where hundreds of small airports across the country are losing funding due to cuts to federal funding.

Hinson told the Georgetown City Council that it costs $620,000 a year to run the tower, however, it's not clear if the City of Georgetown will be able to find that funding on its own.

Georgetown Airport officials will be sitting down with their pilots between now and April 6th to brief them on how an untowered airport works.

The Georgetown City Council will be briefed again on the tower on April 23rd.

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