WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it would close 149 air-traffic control towers that direct flights at smaller airports across the country.
Georgia airports affected, include: Southwest Georgia Regional, Athens - Ben Epps, Gwinnett County, Briscoe Field, Middle Georgia Regional and McCollum Field.
The airports range from Phoenix Goodyear airport in Arizona to Ithaca Tompkins airport in Ithaca, N.Y. Also to see their towers shut: Sacramento Executive airport in California's state capital, St. Louis (Mo.) Regional and Philip Billard Municipal in Topeka, Kansas' state capital.
The towers will close April 7, as part of $85 billion in federal spending cuts across the government. The closures are part of $637 million that FAA must cut by Sept. 30.