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UPDATE: FAA submits Waterloo Airport on list of recommendations to Congress for air traffic control consolidation

UPDATE: In the consolidation and realignment report from the FAA, there would be $1.6 Million return in investment after the realignment of the Waterloo Control Tower to Des Moines.

Director Kaspari says this legislation could pass through congress without discussion on the topic.

"If congress decided not to take this up for discussion then the legislation austomatically passes by approving the final consolidation list of airports through out the United States," says Kaspari.

Kaspari says they will keep the air traffic control tower open if the realignment occurs. He also wants to stress the realignment is not a sign of the airport closing.

"It's just unfortunate that the person that's providing those services is no longer in Waterloo's tower and is operating and providing those services from the tower in Des Moines."

Rep. Abby Finkenauer also made comment on the recent decision by the FAA.

“Ensuring the integrity and safety of our air traffic control system is extremely important along with keeping jobs here in Waterloo. I worked with local officials to tell the FAA Administrator this was not the right choice and will continue to do so. The Waterloo Regional Airport is an important asset to the community and the FAA must take the jobs and importance of safe and high quality air service into account through their proposal.”

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Abby Turpin

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