The U.S. will close 149 air-traffic control towers run by contractors at small- and mid-sized airports on April 7 as a result of automatic budget cuts at government agencies, a trade group said.

The Federal Aviation Administration spared 24 towers on its original list of 173 subject to closing, the Contract Tower Association, which represents companies running the facilities, said today in an e-mail. All towers being shut down are run by private companies, not the government as at larger facilities.

Advocates for pilots and airports said shutting the towers will harm safety and impose economic hardship on businesses such as flight schools that rely on controllers to guide planes.

“The White House does not understand the consequences of these actions, or they do and they simply do not care,” Craig Fuller, president and chief executive officer of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a Frederick, Maryland-based advocacy group, said at a town-hall meeting yesterday at DuPage Airport in West Chicago, Illinois. “Either way, this approach is dangerous and should not stand.”

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Spencer Dickerson, executive director of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Contract Tower Association, said it was unfair for the government to shut down more than half the 251 private towers while sparing government-run facilities.

“Controllers at contract towers perform a host of important functions, including separating aircraft, issuing safety and weather alerts, and assisting with military, emergency response, and medical flights,” Dickerson said.

Airports Open

Planes, including airliners, can continue to fly to airports without towers. Most of the roughly 5,000 U.S. public airports don’t have towers. Instead of being guided by controllers, pilots radio each other to coordinate landings and takeoffs, according to FAA procedures.

No FAA air-traffic facilities will be shut down for at least a year, Doug Church, spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association union, said in an e-mailed statement.

The FAA’s union contract requires that controllers get at least a year’s notice before a facility is closed, Church said. The agency Feb. 22 issued a list of 49 FAA towers that were subject to closing in addition to the private towers.

The FAA’s 15,000 controllers will be forced to take one unpaid day off every two weeks starting April 21, which will aggravate delays at some of the busiest U.S. airports, including Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, Administrator Michael Huerta told Congress Feb. 27.

–Editors: Bernard Kohn, Elizabeth Wasserman

To contact the reporter on this story: Alan Levin in Washington at alevin24@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net

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The list of 149 closed airport towers:

Airport CodeAirport NameLocation
DHNDOTHAN RGNLDOTHAN, AL
TCLTUSCALOOSA RGNLTUSCALOOSA, AL
FYVDRAKE FIELDFAYETTEVILLE, AR
TXKTEXARKANA RGNL-WEBB FIELDTEXARKANA, AR
GEUGLENDALE MUNIGLENDALE, AZ
GYRPHOENIX GOODYEARGOODYEAR, AZ
IFPLAUGHLIN/BULLHEAD INTLBULLHEAD CITY, AZ
RYNRYAN FIELDTUCSON, AZ
FULFULLERTON MUNIFULLERTON, CA
MERCASTLEATWATER, CA
OXROXNARDOXNARD, CA
RALRIVERSIDE MUNIRIVERSIDE, CA
RNMRAMONARAMONA, CA
SACSACRAMENTO EXECUTIVESACRAMENTO, CA
SDMBROWN FIELD MUNISAN DIEGO, CA
SNSSALINAS MUNISALINAS, CA
VCVSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOGISTICSVICTORVILLE, CA
WHPWHITEMANLOS ANGELES, CA
WJFGENERAL WM J FOX AIRFIELDLANCASTER, CA
BDRIGOR I SIKORSKY MEMORIALBRIDGEPORT, CT
DXRDANBURY MUNIDANBURY, CT
GONGROTON-NEW LONDONGROTON (NEW LONDON), CT
HFDHARTFORD-BRAINARDHARTFORD, CT
HVNTWEED-NEW HAVENNEW HAVEN, CT
OXCWATERBURY-OXFORDOXFORD, CT
APFNAPLES MUNINAPLES, FL
BCTBOCA RATONBOCA RATON, FL
EVBNEW SMYRNA BEACH MUNINEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL
FMYPAGE FIELDFORT MYERS, FL
HWONORTH PERRYHOLLYWOOD, FL
LALLAKELAND LINDER RGNLLAKELAND, FL
LEELEESBURG INTLLEESBURG, FL
OCFOCALA INTL-JIM TAYLOR FIELDOCALA, FL
OMNORMOND BEACH MUNIORMOND BEACH, FL
PGDPUNTA GORDAPUNTA GORDA, FL
SGJNORTHEAST FLORIDA RGNLST AUGUSTINE, FL
SPGALBERT WHITTEDST PETERSBURG, FL
SUAWITHAM FIELDSTUART, FL
TIXSPACE COAST RGNLTITUSVILLE, FL
ABYSOUTHWEST GEORGIA RGNLALBANY, GA
AHNATHENS/BEN EPPSATHENS, GA
LZUGWINNETT COUNTY – BRISCOE FIELDLAWRENCEVILLE, GA
MCNMIDDLE GEORGIA RGNLMACON, GA
RYYCOBB COUNTY- MCCOLLUM FIELDATLANTA, GA
DBQDUBUQUE RGNLDUBUQUE, IA
IDAIDAHO FALLS RGNLIDAHO FALLS, ID
LWSLEWISTON-NEZ PERCE COUNTYLEWISTON, ID
PIHPOCATELLO RGNLPOCATELLO, ID
SUNFRIEDMAN MEMORIALHAILEY, ID
ALNST LOUIS RGNLALTON/ST LOUIS, IL
BMICENTRAL IL RGNL ARPT AT BLOOMINGTON- NORMALNORMAL, IL
DECDECATURDECATUR, IL
MDHSOUTHERN ILLINOISMURPHYSBORO, IL
UGNWAUKEGAN RGNLCHICAGO/ WAUKEGAN, IL
BAKCOLUMBUS MUNICOLUMBUS, IN
GYYGARY/CHICAGO INTLGARY, IN
HUTHUTCHINSON MUNIHUTCHINSON, KS
IXDNEW CENTURY AIRCENTEROLATHE, KS
MHKMANHATTAN RGNLMANHATTAN, KS
OJCJOHNSON COUNTY EXECUTIVEOLATHE, KS
TOPPHILIP BILLARD MUNITOPEKA, KS
OWBOWENSBORO-DAVIESS COUNTYOWENSBORO, KY
PAHBARKLEY RGNLPADUCAH, KY
DTNSHREVEPORT DOWNTOWNSHREVEPORT, LA
BVYBEVERLY MUNIBEVERLY, MA
EWBNEW BEDFORD RGNLNEW BEDFORD, MA
LWMLAWRENCE MUNILAWRENCE, MA
ORHWORCESTER RGNLWORCESTER, MA
OWDNORWOOD MEMORIALNORWOOD, MA
ESNEASTON/NEWNAM FIELDEASTON, MD
FDKFREDERICK MUNIFREDERICK, MD
HGRHAGERSTOWN RGNL- RICHARD A HENSON FLDHAGERSTOWN, MD
MTNMARTIN STATEBALTIMORE, MD
SBYSALISBURY-OCEAN CITY WICOMICO RGNLSALISBURY, MD
BTLW K KELLOGGBATTLE CREEK, MI
DETCOLEMAN A. YOUNG MUNIDETROIT, MI
SAWSAWYER INTLMARQUETTE, MI
ANEANOKA COUNTY-BLAINE ARPT(JANES FIELD)MINNEAPOLIS, MN
STCST CLOUD RGNLST CLOUD, MN
BBGBRANSONBRANSON, MO
COUCOLUMBIA RGNLCOLUMBIA, MO
GLHMID DELTA RGNLGREENVILLE, MS
HKSHAWKINS FIELDJACKSON, MS
HSASTENNIS INTL (HSA)BAY ST LOUIS, MS
OLVOLIVE BRANCHOLIVE BRANCH, MS
TUPTUPELO RGNLTUPELO, MS
GPIGLACIER PARK INTLKALISPELL, MT
EWNCOASTAL CAROLINA REGIONALNEW BERN, NC
HKYHICKORY RGNLHICKORY, NC
INTSMITH REYNOLDSWINSTON SALEM, NC
ISOKINSTON RGNL JETPORT AT STALLINGS FLDKINSTON, NC
JQFCONCORD RGNLCONCORD, NC
ASHBOIRE FIELDNASHUA, NH
TTNTRENTON MERCERTRENTON, NJ
AEGDOUBLE EAGLE IIALBUQUERQUE, NM
SAFSANTA FE MUNISANTA FE, NM
ITHITHACA TOMPKINS RGNLITHACA, NY
RMEGRIFFISS INTLROME, NY
CGFCUYAHOGA COUNTYCLEVELAND, OH
OSUOHIO STATE UNIVERSITYCOLUMBUS, OH
TZRBOLTON FIELDCOLUMBUS, OH
LAWLAWTON-FORT SILL RGNLLAWTON, OK
OUNUNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WESTHEIMERNORMAN, OK
PWAWILEY POSTOKLAHOMA CITY, OK
SWOSTILLWATER RGNLSTILLWATER, OK
OTHSOUTHWEST OREGON RGNLNORTH BEND, OR
PDTEASTERN OREGON RGNL AT PENDLETONPENDLETON, OR
SLEMCNARY FLDSALEM, OR
TTDPORTLAND-TROUTDALEPORTLAND, OR
CXYCAPITAL CITYHARRISBURG, PA
LBEARNOLD PALMER RGNLLATROBE, PA
LNSLANCASTERLANCASTER, PA
CREGRAND STRANDNORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC
GYHDONALDSON CENTERGREENVILLE, SC
HXDHILTON HEADHILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC
MKLMC KELLAR-SIPES RGNLJACKSON, TN
NQAMILLINGTON RGNL JETPORTMILLINGTON, TN
BAZNEW BRAUNFELS MUNINEW BRAUNFELS, TX
BROBROWNSVILLE/ SOUTH PADRE ISLAND INTLBROWNSVILLE, TX
CLLEASTERWOOD FIELDCOLLEGE STATION, TX
CNWTSTC WACOWACO, TX
CXOLONE STAR EXECUTIVEHOUSTON, TX
GTUGEORGETOWN MUNIGEORGETOWN, TX
HYISAN MARCOS MUNISAN MARCOS, TX
RBDDALLAS EXECUTIVEDALLAS, TX
SGRSUGAR LAND RGNLHOUSTON, TX
SSFSTINSON MUNISAN ANTONIO, TX
TKICOLLIN COUNTY RGNL AT MC KINNEYDALLAS, TX
TYRTYLER POUNDS RGNLTYLER, TX
VCTVICTORIA RGNLVICTORIA, TX
OGDOGDEN-HINCKLEYOGDEN, UT
PVUPROVO MUNIPROVO, UT
LYHLYNCHBURG RGNL/ PRESTON GLENN FLDLYNCHBURG, VA
OLMOLYMPIA RGNLOLYMPIA, WA
RNTRENTON MUNIRENTON, WA
SFFFELTS FIELDSPOKANE, WA
TIWTACOMA NARROWSTACOMA, WA
YKMYAKIMA AIR TERMINAL/ MCALLISTER FIELDYAKIMA, WA
CWACENTRAL WISCONSINMOSINEE, WI
EAUCHIPPEWA VALLEY RGNLEAU CLAIRE, WI
ENWKENOSHA RGNLKENOSHA, WI
JVLSOUTHERN WISCONSIN RGNLJANESVILLE, WI
LSELA CROSSE MUNILA CROSSE, WI
MWCLAWRENCE J TIMMERMANMILWAUKEE, WI
OSHWITTMAN RGNLOSHKOSH, WI
UESWAUKESHA COUNTYWAUKESHA, WI
HLGWHEELING OHIO COWHEELING, WV
LWBGREENBRIER VALLEYLEWISBURG, WV
PKBMID-OHIO VALLEY RGNLPARKERSBURG, WV

List of 24 towers previously listed for closure will remain open because of national security concerns:

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List of 16 contract towers in the cost-share program will remain open until September 30

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