Locals responds to the announcement to close DTN's air traffic tower

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 8:20am

Friday afternoon, the FAA announced they would be closing 149 airport towers on April 7, including Shreveport's Downtown Airport, DTN, and Texarkana's Webb Field, TXK.

DTN's Airport Manager, Stacy Kuba, was visibly when the announcement was released. She had been hoping their hard work trying to save the tower would have been rewarded. The Airport Authority along with its tenants came together, trying to get an amendment passed though the Senate. When that didn't work, they also wrote a letter to the FAA explaining why their airport's tower should remain open.

DTN wasn't the only one that wrote a letter, the other 189 airports did that as well, and in the end the FAA picked very few to remain open.

Airport administration aren't the only people upset about the decision. Pilot Michael Conkle has flown into airports with unmanned towers, and is worried about safety issues that will now face DTN. DTN is the largest and busiest general aviation airport in a five state region. It has 316 planes based there, and often controllers are directing 8 or 9 planes at a time.

For Kuba, the fight  to keep her tower open isn't over yet. She'll continue to fight for it all the way up until April 7, when the government actually shuts it down.


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