Georgetown Municipal Airport losing tower

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on March 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 10:41 PM

GEORGETOWN -- The Georgetown Municipal Airport is losing its tower and six air traffic controllers. The federal government is suspending tower operations at 149 airports across the country.

"It looks like our tower will be slated for April 7th closure," said Georgetown Airport Manager Sarah Hinton.

Hinton filed for an exemption but the FAA struck it down.

The government sequester means more than 6,000 flights in and out of Georgetown and 3,500 in San Marcos will have to take off and land without help.

"We're the north designated reliever for Bergstrom and San Marcos is a reliever for Bergstrom and San Antonio. They were affected also. There's only Arlington that will be allowed to remain open," said Hinton.

To keep their staff of six, Georgetown needs $35,000 a month, something they'll ask City Council and the state to help pay for.

"We're just gonna try and see what we can do with council on Tuesday night, weigh all our options and be prepared for a closure all the way to having a full staff," said Hinton.

 

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