Manchester, airport to fight feds on cutting tower hours
"I can assure you," Gatsas wrote in the letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, "our airport management was neither coordinated with nor concurs with the proposed reduction in hours of the MHT tower."
Airport spokesman Tom Malafronte said closing the tower during the overnight hours wouldn't preclude departures and landings, but it would require the airport to rely on special navigation equipment.
Airport officials in recent months have trumpeted the continuance and addition of several routes, and they noted that Standard and Poor's, in its most recent review, maintained its BBB+ bond rating for the airport.
"These are ongoing discussions with the FAA," he said. "We're hopeful when the review process is completed that ... this will lead to the best decision, which is to continue to maintain 24-hour operation of the tower."
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