Approved Legislation Would Preserve Walla Walla Airport Control Tower


Federal legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday will preserve control-tower operations at the Walla Walla Regional Airport and save the Port of Walla Walla and airport about six figures a year.

The bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the top Democrat on the Senate aviation subcommittee, reauthorized the Federal Aviation Administration for five years.

The legislation fully funds contract air traffic-control towers, which includes Walla Walla’s. For years, Walla Walla has had to pay a cost-share percentage to the federal government to continue offering tower operations. That amount is about $90,000 to $100,000.

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By Vicki Hillhouse
Published by Walla Walla Union Bulletin
- As of Thursday, October 4, 2018