Battle Creek Finds Temporary Plan to Keep Air Tower Open

Posted at 6:36 AM, Apr 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-04 06:36:41-04

bc air tower.jpegBATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The city of Battle Creek is working on a contract to keep the air traffic control tower at W.K. Kellogg Airport open.

It comes after the Federal Aviation Administration announced that this tower would be one of 149 air traffic towers set to close in order to save money.

Larry Bowron, W.K. Kellogg Airport’s Transportation Director, tells FOX 17 that the city will look to hire Midwest Air Traffic Control under a private contract for the next six months. However, the contract would cost the city about $33,000 per month, and thus would be too expensive to run long-term.

According to the city, the tower is vital for day-to-day operations, and mainly for safety.

This six month time frame will allow the city to work with lawmakers and find the right funding to maintain the tower.