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.


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.

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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.

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