All of the contract air traffic control towers being closed because of federal budget cuts received a small reprieve last week when the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it would not close the towers until this summer. Danbury officials say over the coming weeks they will work to keep the six controllers employed at the Danbury Municipal Airport tower.
New Haven officials and Tweed New Haven Regional Airport are planning to sue the FAA in an effort to stop the closing of the airport's air traffic control tower.
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. tells the New Haven Register that officials will do everything possible to stop the closing of the tower and retain commercial service, including filing a lawsuit or joining existing litigation over tower closures across the country.
The FAA intends to close control towers at 149 small airports nationwide on June 15 because of government-wide spending cuts. Towers at five other Connecticut airports would close under the plan.
Tweed officials first have to file an administrative complaint with the FAA before suing, but expect the agency to reject the complaint.