Frederick airport to get control tower
Federal officials say the Frederick Municipal Airport is getting an air traffic control tower.
Maryland Democratic Sens. Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski said Monday the Federal Aviation Administration has granted final approval to the project. It will be funded with $4.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Federal officials said in a statement that construction of the tower "is expected to begin almost immediately," and should be completed in 18 months.
The airport caters mainly to private pilots and has no commercial passenger service. Still, it is the second-busiest airport in Maryland, with more than 130,000 takeoffs and landings annually.
Officials say they expect operations to increase to 165,000 takeoffs and landings by 2025.
"This is the perfect project," said Frederick Mayor Randy McClement. "It creates construction jobs while it's being built, ongoing operational jobs once it's up, and will provide for the safe and comfortable use of the Frederick Municipal Airport now and into the future."
The Frederick-based Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says many corporate aircraft operators prefer to fly into airports with towers.
-- Associated Press and staff reports
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