The sequester brought on by gridlock in Washington D.C. may result in the closure of the control tower at Bethalto's St. Louis Regional Airport. That bit of information and an erroneous newspaper headline have apparently combined to spark a rumor that the entire operation at the facility would be shutting down.
Several on-air callers during an open-line segment Monday on Z-1570 wondered if the airport would close soon due to federal budget cuts. Airport Manager David Miller says that is not the case:
He says the FAA is allowing appeals of its decision to close a number of towers across the nation, including a handful in Illinois, through tomorrow and will finalize the closings by March 18th. Miller will be joining us on Let's Talk the following day, and hopes the FAA's final decision has been made public by then.