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Gary airport will not appeal FAA decision to close tower during budget cuts

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GARY, Ind. (AP) The Gary-Chicago International Airport will not appeal a decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to close its control tower next month because of federal budgets cuts.

Gary airport Project Manager Bob Gyurko tells The Times of Munster  that the FAA has informed airports that appeals should be based on national security interests. He said the FAA specifically ruled out appeals based on lost jobs and other local interests.

He also says it would be difficult for airport administrators to come up with the $350,000 to $500,000 needed to keep the control tower open. Airport officials say the airport will remain open, but airplanes will have follow guidelines for landing without a control tower.

The control tower is scheduled to close April 7.


Posted 3/11/2013