FAA cuts Brownsville airport control tower funding amid sequestration

Brownsville Airport // File Photo

Federal Aviation Aadministration (FAA) officials cut funding to the Brownsville airport's control tower amid sequestration budget crisis.

The FAA released a list of 149 airport control towers it's closing across the United States as a result of the congressional budget problem.

Some 13 of the airports are in Texas:

New Braunfels Municipal Airport Brownsville/ South Padre Island International Airport Easterwood Field Airport TSTC Waco Airport Lone Star Executive Airport Georgetown Municipal Airport San Marcos Municipal Airport Dallas Executive Airport Sugar Land Regional Airport Stinson Municipal Airport Collin County Regional Airport Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Victoria Regional Airport

The Brownsville airport is only one on the list from the Rio Grande Valley.

Brownsville/South Padre Island International Directory Larry Brown spoke to Action 4 News about the FAA budget cuts.

Brown said the Brownsville airport's control tower will stay open because city leaders decided to pick up the $50,000 dollar a month tab.

FAA officials are allowing 16 airports to share a control tower but only two of them are in Texas.

Those airports are Fort Worth Spinks Airport and the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport.