Congress extends funding for airport control tower

Congress extends funding for airport control tower
News Center 23

POSTED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 4:42pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 4:43pm

It's blue skies and smooth air for the Brownsville-South Padre Airport, at least in the immediate future. The FAA's decision to extend full federal funding to air traffic control for the next fiscal year means local tax money won't have to be directed to tower operations, which officials had feared might be necessary.

“But it’s so important to the people of Brownsville and the other cities that use our airport, uh, that the city decided ‘we’ll pay for it ourselves if we have to.’

“Because Congress will continue paying for the control tower for the Brownsville Airport for another fiscal year, Brownsville citizens can escape paying for the control tower, at least until 2015.”

“What will they do in 2015-fiscal 2015? We don’t know. Um, we do know that there was quick action when all of a sudden the members of Congress could not get their flights home on time.”

And just as cool heads prevailed in Washington, there's no reason to get hot under the collar about reports of air conditioning failures in the Brownsville terminal.

“They have one on to cool the water to cool the building, and when the building’s chiller shut that down, use the other one. Well, one of the two chillers is under repair so we’re probably at about a 75%, but I think it’s comfortable.”

Though the original A/C units from the airport's construction in 1970 are still in use, airport patrons seemed content with the interior temperature.

“I think it feels fine in here actually.”

“I think it’s fine, it’s not hot or anything. It’s just right.”

“That’s why we’re building a new airport. That’s why we’re going to build a new terminal and a new terminal will come state-of-the-art everything, including air conditioning.”

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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