Concourse C at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport following renovations.
By Leisa Zigman
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Federal Aviation Administration will close some Missouri air traffic control towers if the sequester goes into effect on Friday.
According to the FAA, the air traffic control towers at small Missouri airports at Jefferson City, Columbia, Branson, Joplin and St. Joseph would close. An FAA spokesperson said the airports would remain open and planes at these small airports could take off and land regardless of whether the towers closed, since they are small airports. More than 100 air traffic control towers in all would be closed.
In addition, the midnight shifts, which run from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., are slated to be eliminated at Kansas City and Springfield airports in Missouri, and Midway Airport in Chicago. These shifts would be eliminated at 60-plus facilities across the country.
A statement appearing on the FAA's website says the organization has plans in place to cut $600 million in spending for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013, which includes furloughing a majority of their 47,000 employees and reducing preventative maintenance and support for all air traffic control equipment.