St. Louis Regional Airport is still waiting on a decision from Washington, D.C. as to whether their air traffic control tower will stay open. The final decision by the FAA was supposed to have been made Monday, but the agency was innundated with so many appeals, they now expect the final decision to be made Friday.
Airport Manager David Miller says he has worked at airports with FAA towers, with no towers, and as is the case in Bethalto, with contracted towers in which the operation is farmed out to a private company. He says he thinks the contracted towers are the way to go.
He says the tower also costs about one-third of what an FAA tower costs to operate, so it would make sense for the feds to look at moving to replace all FAA towers with those run by private firms. Miller says the appeal will have no impact on the rest of the airport. He stresses the airport is not closing, no matter the decision from the government.