Danbury Airport officials: FAA should retract tower closures

Airport officials say the closure would compromise safety. Roughly 300 pilots fly to and from the airport every day. Pilot Kari Sorenson says the closure

National airline companies have asked a federal court to block the furloughs, but no decision has been made.

National airline companies have asked a federal court to block the furloughs, but no decision has been made. (3/26/13)

DANBURY - Officials at Danbury Airport are hoping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reverses its decision to shut down the air traffic control tower.

Airport officials say the closure would compromise safety. Roughly 300 pilots fly to and from the airport every day. Pilot Kari Sorenson says the closure will create chaos for everyone.

"I cannot believe that they would sacrifice safety when there's other ways this could be handled," Sorenson said.

The closure was announced last week and affects 150 air traffic control towers nationwide, including six in Connecticut. The FAA says the closures will save the agency $50 million annually.

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