WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) has asked the Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) to reconsider the proposed closing of the air traffic control tower at Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights.

“Closing the tower would threaten current and future job s and impact the quality of the transportation infrastructure in Northeast Ohio,” Kaptur said in a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “In the modern world, a community’s airport serves as its front door.”

Congresswoman Kaptur communicated her concerns to Administrator Huerta while Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald was making known his concerns about the proposed actions.

“We’re seeing an economic comeback in Cuyahoga County, and the airport has an important role to play in that,” Kaptur said. “The airport’s location next to an 85-acre industrial park makes it central to future economic development activities in Cuyahoga County.”

Kaptur told Huerta that she hopes Congress “finds the leadershiop to resolve the latest fiscal crisis, but the agency must take care to avoid actions that would weaken communities and local economies that rely on airport facilities for jobs and tax revenue.” FAA officials have indicated that a final decision on closing air traffic control towers around the country likely will be made later this month.

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