Automatic federal budget cuts could shut down control towers at as many as seven Mississippi airports.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Friday of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic federal spending cuts take effect March 1.
The Federal Aviation Administration says that among the airports that could be affected are Greenville's Mid-Delta Regional Airport, Columbus' Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Jackson's Hawkins Field, Bay St. Louis' Stennis International Airport, Meridian's Key Field, Olive Branch Airport and Tupelo Regional Airport. They're on a list of 200 airports from which the FAA expects to select 100 towers to be closed by April 1.
The FAA says it will cut $600 million from the rest of the 2013 budget year.