Carbondale, Springfield Airports May Lose Air Traffic Controllers
Because of the across-the-board cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration is making plans to trim $600 million in spending for the rest of the fiscal year.
The agency is considering closing more than 100 air traffic control towers at smaller airports nationwide. Pilots using plane-to-plane radios would be left to coordinate landings and takeoffs among themselves.
According to an FAA list, that could affect nine Illinois airports, including Springfield, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Carbondale and St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, Ill.
In addition, overnight shifts at air traffic control facilities could be scrapped at three airports, including Chicago's Midway.
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