CHICAGO (AP) —The Federal Aviation Administration is shutting down 149 federal contract towers, including five in Mass., because of federal budget cuts.
The agency announced the decision Friday, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed. Towers in Norwood, Lawrence, Beverly, New Bedford, and Worcester are impacted by the closings. Boire Field in Nashua, NH is also on the list of closings.
All of the affected airports will remain open. Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. That's something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.
In an accompanying statement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.