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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 1:00am

Georgia Airports Closing Control Towers

Federal authorities have notified several Georgia airports that funds will no longer be available for their air traffic control towers.

The news comes following automatic federal budget cuts that took effect March 1.

The FAA notified Cobb County this week that it would no longer fund on-site traffic control at McCollum Airport in Kennesaw. The tower is expected to close on April 7.

Airport manager Karl Von Hagel said control towers at six other Georgia airports are also preparing to close: Fulton County-Brown Field, Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Athens-Ben Epps, Columbus Metropolitan, Southwest Georgia Regional in Albany, and Middle Georgia Regional in Macon.

Von Hagel said McCollum Airport will continue to operate, but planes will have to rely on plane-to-plane communications to land.

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