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CWA could lose control tower because of budget cuts

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Airports across the country could close their control towers because of budget cuts. That includes Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee. But airport officials are trying to save that tower.

Airport administrators have until next Wednesday to submit a letter outlining their arguments to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airport managers in Eua Claire are also fighting to keep their tower.

"We sit under a major arrival into the Minneapolis airport, so because of that many airlines list us as a divert facility or a reliever facility," said Charity Speich, Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. "They may not be able to continue to list us as a divert facility if there is no control tower in place."

Airport officials say if CWA loses its control tower, Minneapolis would take over operations.

"That would mean they would have to increase the spacing between the aircraft for landings and takeoff," said James Olson, Director of Operations and Maintenance.

If Minneapolis does take over, CWA officials say some flights could be delayed or canceled.

But Minneapolis did control CWA in the past. And administrators say if that happens again the flights will go on.

"We're not anticipating much impact," said Olson. "Do we want to keep the tower? Yes, it's very great asset for the area for the community and for the traveling public."

Airport officials say they'll find out march 18th if they'll keep the tower. If not, the closures would likely begin sometime in April.

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