The contract towers look like they will be getting funding for at least another year. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation approved $140 million intended to help fund these vital towers through the next fiscal year once the current stopgap measure expires later this year.
I don’t claim to know much about the way government works, though to be totally honest I’m not sure the people in government really know how it works either, but I really don’t understand why this whole tower issue has become such a problem. I agree that there are some of these towers that need to be closed because they just don’t have the traffic to support a tower, but many of these towers provide critical support to larger airports.
It is clear that many of these politicians have no idea how the National Air Traffic System works. It is not just the tower at one airport that affects its traffic. Every tower in the area affects every other tower’s operation. You start eliminating some of these towers, and they will see how adversely impacted the entire system will be.
The measure still has to get through the full House and the Senate, so lets hope that somehow they will get past the politics and make this funding a reality.