Airport towers granted an extension for closures

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 9:02pm

Friday morning, Shreveport's Downtown Airport was planning to close their airport tower Sunday, and not reopen it Monday, but an afternoon announcement from the FAA changed all that.

The FAA has decided to delay closing the 149 airport towers slated for closure until June 15, a decision DTN administration is ecstatic about. They hope this will give them a change to make plans to keep their tower open for good.

After meeting with the aides of Rep. Fleming and Sen. Vitter Tuesday, Vitter surprised the downtown airport Thursday, paying them a visit to talk more about the tower's future.

It isn't just the airport administration that is pulling for the towers; tenant S3 Executive Air is also hoping it stays open, especially considering the airport's proximity to Barksdale AFB.

It has happened before, and employees won't be surprised when a pilot flies into Barksdale's restricted air space, or even tries to land at there.

But the main reason tenants and airport administration hope to keep the tower open to to ensure safety for all that use the DTN airport.

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