Phoenix-Goodyear Airport Tenants and Users:
Copied below is the text from a press release from the FAA regarding the delay of tower closures:
*** "WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced
today that it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15.
Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency's required
$637 million budget cuts under sequestration.
This additional time will allow the agency to attempt to resolve multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions.
As part of the tower closure implementation process, the agency continues to consult with airports and
operators and review appropriate risk mitigations. Extending the transition deadline will give the
FAA and airports more time to execute the changes to the National Airspace System.
"This has been a complex process and we need to get this right," said U.S. Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood. "Safety is our top priority. We will use this additional time to make sure communities
and pilots understand the changes at their local airports."
As of today, approximately 50 airport authorities and other stakeholders have indicated they may
join the FAA's non-Federal Contract Tower program and fund the tower operations themselves.
This additional time will allow the FAA to help facilitate that transition.
"We will continue our outreach to the user community to answer any questions and address their
concerns about these tower closures," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
On March 22, the FAA announced that it would stop federal funding for 149 contract towers across the country.
A phased, four-week closure process was scheduled to begin this Sunday, April 7.
That phased closure process will no longer occur. Instead, the FAA will stop funding all 149 towers on June 15
and will close the facilities unless the airports decide to continue operations as a nonfederal contract tower. " ***
Thanks for your support throughout the process and we will strive to keep everyone informed.
As you are aware, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had identified the air traffic control tower (ATCT) as a facility that they did not intend to continue funding due to the sequestration cuts to the federal budget. Phoenix-Goodyear Airport staff provided information to the FAA as to why we believe the ATCT should remain open. However on March 22, the FAA made the final determination of which facilities were to be closed and Phoenix-Goodyear Airport remained on the list of the towers that the FAA have determined would be closed.
The date of the closure has been stated by the FAA as April 21 at 2100(L).
Over the past week, the City of Phoenix Aviation Department has been evaluating the options available to us and working with our partners on the airport and the City of Goodyear. We are hopeful that a final determination will be reached soon.
We will provide additional information to everyone as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have questions regarding this matter.