POSTED: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 6:45am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 11:42am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) —
The sequestration battle going on in Washington, DC is having an effect on over 200 airports throughout the United States. The Brownsville South Padre International Airport is one of them.
Those being cut are simply not meeting criteria set out by the Federal Aviation Administration which states an airport must have over 200-thousand air passengers a year and or make at least 100-thousand operations, such as takes off and landings, per year. Unfortunately, our lower valley airport does not.
While we may not meet those numbers, a large and diverse number of carriers still touch down and take off from our runways; from international to domestic flights, military to cargo planes, Aviation Director from the airport, Larry Browns, says the importance of having a fully operational tower is a must.
One way or another, the tower will stay open as it's a matter of safety.
“It’s important the control tower people to communicate between the pilots, a pilot flying a Mexican aircraft and coming in as well as a U.S. aircraft coming in,” said Brown.
While the airways are supposed to be the Feds responsibility, the 350-thousand dollars needed to keep the tower open will have to come from somewhere else, that's where local taxpayers come in.
“The local community is going to have to come up with a way to finance the tower and protect the national interest here with local money.” said Director of Aviation, Larry Brown of the Brownsville South Padre International Airport.
Brown hopes those who agree with the points made to the FAA, will step up and sign the petition.
You can find the petition on the front page of the Brownsville South Padre International Airports website at flybrownsville.com.