FAA to Close 149 Air Traffic Towers, Lawton Included

Published 03/22 2013 02:25PM

Updated 03/22 2013 02:29PM

The Federal Aviation Administration says it will close 149 air traffic control towers at small airports around the country because of federal budget cuts. 

The agency announced the decision Friday, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed. 

All of the affected airports will remain open. Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. That's something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety. 

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The FAA report lists the Lawton-Fort Sill tower as one that will be closing. For that original report:

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