An area lawmaker has been appointed to a Congressional subcommittee on aviation. As part of her work, 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has met with officials from Danbury and Oxford airports. She says contract air traffic control towers should be funded and not subject to budget sequestration talks.
The FAA has threatened to close contract towers as part of budget sequestration.
Esty says there are big benefits for the whole region from these towers and that's the message she plans to take back to Washington. She says small regional airports are engines for economic growth that create jobs. If the towers are closed Esty says there would not only be a safety cost, but also lost economic opportunities.
Airport officials previously likened that to having an intersection with a broken traffic light. Danbury Municipal is the second busiest airport in the state after Bradley International with more than 70,000 flights annually from Danbury.