FREDERICK, Md. - Air traffic controllers at both the
"It really would decrease our traffic flow and decrease the viability of the airport. The biggest thing with having that tower is furthering
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 includes $140 million to fund 149 federal contract air traffic control towers around the country.
Both airports in
“Funding the control towers also allows us to fully reap the investments in both airports that we've made over the years. When you examine the region, it is clear that the
Frederick Airport Manager Chris Lawler says a lot of corporate traffic won’t come into an airport if it doesn’t have a control tower in operation. Lawler says if the airport didn’t have the funding to operate; it could ultimately end up hurting the local economy.
Lawler says it’s also a safety issue.
“There's a lot of different traffic, there's training flights, corporate jets coming in and out of here and the tower provides that tower separation necessary to run a safe airport.”
Congressman John Delaney says the bill is likely to be considered by the House of Representatives this week, and all parties are confident the bill will pass.