A coalition of aviation groups, including the American Association of Airport Executives and U.S. Contract Tower Association, have written leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees to request that the FAA appropriations bill continues the contract towers program. The group noted that the 253 towers in the 35-year-old program handle approximately 28% of all air traffic tower operations in the U.S. while accounting for about 14% percent of FAA’s overall budget ...

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