13 Texas airports to lose air traffic controllers

13 Texas airports to lose air traffic controllers due to FAA budget cuts

Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) -- Thirteen small Texas airports will lose staffing at their air traffic control facilities as the Federal Aviation Administration works to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget.

The FAA on Friday released a final list of 149 closings nationwide. The agency must cut $637 million from its budget for the fiscal year that ends in September.

The Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport, Dallas Executive Airport and Collin County Regional Airport are three of the 11 airports affected.

Those airports will not be shut down, but pilots will have to coordinate takeoffs and landings by radio with no help from the ground.

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On the Web - full list of closures: http://1.usa.gov/14hZ9i7

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