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FAA Budget Cuts to Possibly Affect Local Airports

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The Federal Aviation Administration is making budget cuts because of the sequester.

It said it may close 100 air traffic control towers across the country, including the one at North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport.

Airport Director Rick Rock said the tower is significant for many reasons.

"It's something that is very important. We understand that it's not only local jobs, there's major investment in this airport, and it's something that's worth fighting for," Rock said.

Rock said the best way to perpetuate this fight would be to talk to congressional delegation and have it take a look at the airport individually.

Rock said there are many reasons to keep the tower open.

"Certainly, we hope that we do not lose our local tower because, you know, it means a lot to us. We want to have that local presence and to operate these large jets that we do have coming in here, they feel a lot more comfortable, those safety issues, to have an air traffic control tower on site," Rock said.

Rock said if the tower is forced to shut down, the airport will continue to operate normally and it will not impact flight schedules.