Mike Hainsey, Director for the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, says their tower could be set to close due to lack of future funding.
“In our case the implications are pretty signification. We are 10 miles from Columbus Air Force base, which is one of the busiest Air Force bases in the world. It’s a training base, they require a control tower,” said Hainsey.
Hainsey also says the military uses many of the other towers that could have funding cut including those in Tupelo, Greenville, and Meridian. Other towers set to have funding cut are in Bay St. Louis, Olive Branch, and Jackson.
“What we are doing up here is looking at ways to fund the control tower out of our own funds, for at least the next couple of months, because the Air Force base and their missions are very important to our community.“
According to Hainsey the FAA is giving airports until next Wednesday to appeal upcoming cuts if they can prove their tower is of national interest.
The FFA told News Mississippi they would not make any comments to the public.