Santa Fe, Double Eagle Airports To Lose Towers

Mar 22, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that Santa Fe is among 149 airports around the country set to lose funding for their air traffic control towers because of federal budget cuts.

It was not immediately clear what impact the cuts will have on the state capital and mountain tourism destination, which has just in the past few years won back commercial jet service. American Airlines currently has daily flights between Santa Fe and Dallas and Los Angeles, and United plans to begin service to Denver later this spring.

Mayor David Coss said he remains optimistic the airlines will continue to fly in. Coss said the airport manager has contacted all the airlines and none have indicated any change in plans.

Double Eagle, a general aviation airport in west Albuquerque, is also losing tower funding.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.