Glacier Airport fights FAA sequestration cuts

FLATHEAD COUNTY

rebecca vogt By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
POSTED: 5:35 PM Apr 03 2013   UPDATED: 6:02 PM Apr 03 2013
Glacier Park International Airport
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Glacier Park International Airport is suing the Federal Aviation Administration over its decision to shut down their control tower. As NBC Montana told you last month, Airport Director Cindi Martin fired off a letter to the FAA outlining concerns she had over the closure of the tower. She said it would be dangerous because of the mountains, extreme swings in weather, and close location to the Canadian border.

The FAA said towers on the closure list are airports that have handled fewer than 150,000 takeoffs and landings a year. On Wednesday, airport attorneys want the FAA to postpone the closure until the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals can review the decision.

Martin sent a statement saying "Given the amount of commercial and private airline traffic in the nation's skies, we are unwilling to accept any back tracking on safety."

GPIA says they're not alone - several other airports have filed suit facing a loss of funding have filed suit against the FAA as well.