MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation says the Federal Aviation Administration has assured them there are no plans to close the control tower at the Manchester airport overnight.
U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster said Friday that FAA officials reassured them no changes would be made without input from those at the local, state and federal levels.
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas said the request to close the tower from midnight to 6 a.m. came from an air traffic manager who did not consult with airport officials or other stakeholders.
The delegation noted that Manchester Boston Regional Airport has been designated as an alternative airport for New England flights diverted by bad weather and that it is home to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock emergency medical helicopter.