As the FAA nears completion of work to tighten oversight of its contract air traffic control towers, a government audit finds significant cost-savings from the program. Contract towers in fiscal 2010 each cost nearly $1.5 million less to operate than similarly tasked towers operated directly by the FAA—$537,00 on average compared with $2 million—and incur fewer safety incidents than their agency counterparts, the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) says in ...


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