Manhattan Airport Tower Open Through September

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd says the city's air traffic control tower will stay open at least through September.

The city commission decided Tuesday to postpone a decision on how to find funds to keep the tower open after September.

The control tower at Manhattan Regional Airport is one of five scheduled to be closed in Kansas because of federal budget cuts. The others are in Hutchinson, Topeka and two airports in Olathe.

Pepperd says the city has not determined how the contract covering the air traffic controllers would be funded, but the tower would operate through the end of the fiscal year, which is the end of September.

The Manhattan Mercury reports commissioners will discuss possible future funding of the tower at their meeting next week.

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