Small NM Airports Could Close Due To Federal Budget Cuts

Mar 2, 2013

  Santa Fe, Roswell and Hobbs could lose their airport control towers because of federal budget cuts.

Officials with American and United airlines, which service the small airports, have declined to comment on whether such cuts would impact service.

Towers at the three small airports, as well as the general aviation Double Eagle Airport in west Albuquerque, are on a list of nearly 200 being eyed for possible closure if across-the-board federal budgets cuts that took effect Friday stay in place. The FAA is expected to announce the final cut next week.

FAA and airport managers say any final decision on whether to maintain service to tower-less airports lies with the carriers.

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss said officials are worried about what long-term impact a tower closure could have on the capital city.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.