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La Crosse air traffic control tower set to close April 7

Published On: Mar 22 2013 02:35:40 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 22 2013 05:55:26 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse Municipal Airport's manager Clinton Torp says besides "our best efforts to appeal the FAA's decision," its air traffic control tower is set to close on April 7.

Four air traffic controllers will lose their jobs in La Crosse because of national automatic budget cuts, Torp said.

"We are unsure at this point what economic impacts the closure will have on the airport and community but we do know that there will be impacts including less military use of the facility and delayed corporate jet traffic," Torp said. "However, the Airport will remain open and airlines will continue to serve the airport in a safe manner as there are alternate safety mechanisms in place."

Torp says pilots are trained to operate in uncontrolled environments and the La Crosse airport has had uncontrolled airline service at night for many years. We can expect system-wide delays due to the air traffic control cuts nationwide, Torp said.

La Crosse is one of 149 towers nationwide and eight airports in Wisconsin that are affected by the sequester. The other airports in the state that are affected are the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire; Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee; Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville; Kenosha Regional Airport in Kenosha; Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport in Milwaukee; Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and the Waukesha County Airport in Waukesha.

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