Community leaders expected to discuss options to keep CIRA tower open

By Audrey Williams

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Community leaders are expected to meet this week to discuss options to keep the control tower operational at Bloomington's Central Illinois Regional Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced last week it will close almost 150 air traffic control towers nationwide due to the sequester. CIRA's tower is slated for closure April 7th.

Airport director Carl Olson has said the Airport Authority will look for alternative solutions. He said the tower should remain open and operational and the decision should not effect flight service.

Normal, Bloomington and larger area businesses are expected to meet with the Airport Authority.

Airport officials hope to release more information about a solution later this week.

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