Lakeland Linder Regional Airport has a new air traffic control tower.
Today, the City held a ceremony officially opening the new 141-foot tower. It features an octagonal-shaped glass cab that measures 35 feet wide with five controller stations. It replaces the previous 50-foot tower that was constructed in the late 1970’s.
The majority of the funding for the tower came from grants from the Federal Department of Transportation.
“We are really enhancing what we do here on a year-round basis, and obviously during SUN ‘n FUN which starts tomorrow, ” says Airport Director Gene Conrad.
He says the new tower is located in a more central location on the airport and this will allow controllers to provide the highest level of safety.