Frederick officials upset over planned airport tower closure

      Frederick Municipal Airport's tower may close April 7. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

      Frederick officials are crying foul over the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to shutter the city's airport tower due to sequestration budget cuts, the Gazette says.

      The tower, which just opened this past June, is set to shut down on April 7. City officials tell the Gazette that it represents hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, not to mention thousands of jobs.

      Frederick's tower is one of five in Maryland that will be closed due to budget cuts. Towers at Martin State University in Baltimore and in Easton, Salisbury and Hagerstown will also be shut down because of sequestration.

      That will leave Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as Maryland's only functioning tower if the closures go forward.

      One tower in Virginia, which is located in Lynchburg, will also be closed due to the cuts.

      The Gazette says that the Frederick Municipal Airport services 130,000 flights per year. That makes it the second busiest field in Maryland.