Three small South Carolina airports will see their flight control towers closed beginning April 7 because of federal budget cuts, the FAA said today.
They are the Grand Strand Airport in North Myrtle Beach, Donaldson Center in Greenville and the airport on Hilton Head Island. The towers slated to close are at smaller airports with lighter traffic.
They are among 149 flight control towers across the nation slated for closure because of federal budget cuts, according to the FAA.
Other airports could see a loss of overnight shifts at flight control towers to save money, including Charleston International.
Charleston Air Force Base with the Department of Defense are pressing the FAA to keep the flight control tower open around the clock at Charleston International, according to airport Deputy Director Bill New. Affected airports should be notified by mid-April, New said.