Some Tampa Bay area airports to lose air traffic controllers - WFLA News Channel 8

Some Tampa Bay area airports to lose air traffic controllers

Posted: Updated:
Albert Whitted Airport, St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport, St. Petersburg

Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport, and St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport, are among 149 airports around the country that will lose FAA air traffic controllers.  The move is the result of budget cuts from the sequester. 

Lakeland-Linder is the site of the annual Sun N'Fun air show, which attracts thousands of pilots from around the country.  Officials say the cuts will not impact the event, though they will have to pay out of pocket to staff the air traffic control tower.

Gene Conrad, director of Lakeland-Linder airport says despite the cuts, the airport will remain open.

"We are exploring other options to keep our tower opened whether it is reduced hours Monday thru Friday and thru the weekends," said Conrad, "but it is an amenity we want to continue to provide and it is very important for safety and we are going to continue to move forward and explore our options."

Once the cuts go into effect, pilots will be required to coordinate their take-offs and landings through a shared radio frequency.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Clearwater stabbing lands 2 in hospital

    Clearwater stabbing lands 2 in hospital

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:21:40 GMT
    A man and a woman are both at a hospital early Tuesday morning after an argument they had at the Regal Hotel in Clearwater, according to Clearwater Police.
    A man and a woman are both at a hospital early Tuesday morning after an argument they had at the Regal Hotel in Clearwater, according to Clearwater Police.
  • Adam Matos charged with 4 counts of murder in Hudson homicides

    Adam Matos charged with 4 counts of murder in Hudson homicides

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:38 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:38:38 GMT
    Adam Matos has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents in Hudson.
    Adam Matos has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents in Hudson.
  • Former Marine's computer damaged during trip to Tampa

    Former Marine's computer damaged during trip to Tampa

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:35:25 GMT
    Farina's computer arrived in this damaged package from UPS.Farina's computer arrived in this damaged package from UPS.
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.But that plan was stalled when his computer was damage while shipped from Camp Pendleton, California to Tampa.
    Vincent Farina had a plan when he left the Marines to pursue his degree in game design.But that plan was stalled when his computer was damage while shipped from Camp Pendleton, California to Tampa.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.