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Mar 15, 2013 9:20 AM by AP

Monroe airport tower fate revealed next week

MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Regional Airport officials will learn next week whether the Federal Aviation Administration will abandon its control tower there.

Meanwhile, the city and its partners, including CenturyLink, are putting on a full-court press to lobby the FAA to keep the Monroe tower staff intact.

Airport manager Ron Phillips tells The News-Star the FAA is expected to make a decision by Monday on what towers to close and notify those airports by Wednesday.

Control towers at 200 airports, including Monroe Regional, are at risk because of federal budget cuts, with 100 of those targeted for closure.

If the Monroe tower closes, local traffic would be guided by controllers in Dallas-Fort Worth, but Mayor Jamie Mayo and others fear commercial airlines might diminish or cease service in Monroe if that happens.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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