You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

FAA to close 5 Mass. airport towers

BOSTON — The air traffic control towers at five Massachusetts airports will soon be closed as part of massive budget-cutting at the Federal Aviation Administration.

The towers at airports in Beverly, New Bedford, Lawrence, Worcester, and Norwood will shut down early next month.

Continue reading below

The closures are among 149 at smaller airports nationwide. The FAA was forced to cut $637 million from its budget as part of $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts.

None of the airports will shut down. Pilots will instead coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency, without help from ground controllers.

The five towers were among six facing the budget ax. The tower at a Westfield airport was spared.

The Massachusetts congressional delegation had sent a letter to the FAA to protest the closings.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of