STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater city councilors approved a contract Monday that will keep the Stillwater Regional Airport air traffic control tower open through Sept. 30, if they Federal Aviation Administration goes forward with plans to stop tower funding on June 15.
The control tower is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven-days a week under the FAA contract. If the FAA moves forward with funding cuts, the tower will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Airport Director Gary Johnson said.
The City Council authorized spending up to $104,000 to staff the tower through the end of September.
The FAA decided to eliminate funding for 149 airport control tower contracts. The funding for Stillwater's airport was scheduled to be eliminated on April 22. Friday, the FAA changed the date to June 15. The FAA decision is part of the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration.