Port of Olympia thanks Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Denny Heck for their leadership in protecting aviation safety in our community. Recently, Congress approved and the president signed the omnibus spending bill that includes funding for the contract air traffic control towers.
As many will recall, the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans last spring to close 149 of the 252 contract air traffic control towers nationwide, including the contract tower at Olympia Regional Airport, as a result of sequestration. The closure would have had a serious impact on aviation safety in our community and across the country.
Thanks to the our lawmakers’ hard work, the port’s contract tower and others were spared from closure last year and the recently enacted budget bill will ensure that these critical facilities remain open through this fiscal year.