Channel 2 Action News has confirmed the Federal Aviation Administration is closing the control towers for two out of three busy metro Atlanta airports that were on the chopping block.
Across-the-board federal budget cuts forced the FAA to close 149 airport control towers nationwide. Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field, Fulton County's Brown Field, and McCollum Field in Cobb County were in jeopardy. On Friday, Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant confirmed Brown Field’s tower will remain open, but the two other contract towers will close. They are set to close April 7.
Dekalb Peachtree Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were not in danger because they use FAA controllers. However, they will be subject to rolling furloughs in April as part of the FAA’s plan to get in line with the sequestration cuts.
FAA workers in metro Atlanta, and around the country, will face a series of furlough days leaving, passengers and pilots dealing with delays.