City Council Asks To Keep Felts Tower Open

By Steve Jackson

The Spokane city council has voted to approve a resolution supporting continued federal funding to continue operations at the Felts Field control tower.

Because of the Federal budget cuts known as “Sequestration” , funding is being cut to 149 towers nationwide.

Councilwoman Amber Waldref says the impact of cuts to the Felts  facility would be felt in a number of areas.

Waldref: “Having those traffic controllers there plays a role for all the activity at both airports and has a real important role in our regional economy. We have a lot of safety activities going on as well as defense activities.”

Airport director Larry Krauter says planned closure has been pushed back a few weeks after actions taken by the Spokane airport board . He says the resolution will be taken to Washington DC this week:
 
Krauter: “The decision now has been extended to June 15th. I think the good news there has been it gives us time to work on legislative solutions, so our trip to Washington and having a policy statement gives us something powerful to take to our elected officials”
 
The resolution points out that Spokane’s’ airspace is complicated by three different airports: Fairchild AFB, Felts field, and the Spokane International airport, with intersecting approaches between the different facilities.
 
In a year, there are 120,000 civilian take offs and landings at felts Field and the International Airport.
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