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Sequestration Could Close Manassas Air Traffic Control Tower

The Manassas Regional Airport would remain open, but pilots would have to work among themselves to land or, work with other towers far away, the Washington Post reports.

The air traffic control tower at the Manassas Regional Airport is marked for closure by the Federal Aviation Administration if the government's sequestration takes place on Friday, the Washington Post reports.

The Manassas airport is on an FAA list of regional airports that would close due to the federal government's mass spending cuts. But government officials said  it wouldn't happen until April at the earliest, according to the Washington Post.

If the tower does close, pilots would have to coordianate Manassas landings  among themselves, land at a neighboring airport such as Dulles International, or communicate with air traffic control towers elsewhere.

Manassas Regional Airport Director Juan Rivera appeared before council Monday to present the airport's annual report, during which he told the body there was nothing he and staff could do until after they received a more certain answer about the tower's closing. 

The potential closing comes on the heels of the completion of a runway extension.

Manassas lawmakers and business leaders cut the ribbon on the runway known as 16L-34R in November.

The runway is 6,200 feet long, meaning aircraft  that take off and land at the airport have increased safety, especially in inclement weather.

The extended runway helps reduce noise for the surrounding area to the north. Additionally, most aircraft can maximize their take-off capabilities on the hottest summer days and when they are full of fuel.

Just a stone's throw away from the airport on Capital Circle, tenants of a building that's home to several government contractors are waiting with baited breath to see what happens at the Capitol by week's end, said TJ Hassan, of EMSI Engineers, one of the owners of the building.

Officials from that the uncertainty surrounding government spending cuts was the most disturbing part of the issue.

Are you concerned about the possible closure of the Manassas Regional Airport air traffic control tower? Tell us in the comments.

 

 

Shawn February 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM
I love how you are scaring people. The sun will still rise in the east on 3/1. The birds will sing, and people will still goto work. Give it a rest!!!!
MP Resident 09 February 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM
PATCH: "The air traffic control tower at the Manassas Regional Airport is marked for closure by the Federal Aviation Administration if the government's sequestration takes place on Friday, the Washington Post reports." Even the Washington Post put a lot of extra emphasis (underlined) on the fact that it COULD BE CLOSED, not would be.
Brad L February 27, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Yes, this 2% budget cut cut close the airport, close the roads, close the military, turn off all power grids, stop the food supply, etc. Please don't listen to Dictator 0bama and try and scare people. If he, as the "leader", can't find a way to cut 2% he should take the place of all the illegals who he just freed.

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