NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven officials and Tweed New Haven Regional Airport are planning to sue the Federal Aviation Administration in an effort to stop the closing of the airport’s air traffic control tower.
New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. told the New Haven Register on Monday that officials will do everything possible to stop the closing of the tower and retain commercial service, including filing a lawsuit or joining existing litigation over tower closures across the country.
The FAA intends to close control towers at 149 small airports nationwide on June 15 because of government-wide spending cuts. Towers at five other Connecticut airports would close under the plan.
Tweed officials first have to file an administrative complaint with the FAA before suing, but expect the agency to reject the complaint.