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Lakefront Airport spared from sweeping shutdown of control towers

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New Orleans, La. - Sweeping federal budget cuts have spared New Orleans' Lakefront Airport.

Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced which air traffic control towers would close.  The tower at New Orleans' Lakefront Airport did not make the closure list of 149 towers across the country. Last month, it was on the government's preliminary list.

The only tower in the state that will be shutdown is the one at Shreveport's downtown airport.  That shutdown takes effect April 7.

All of the affected airports will remain open. Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. That's something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.

In an accompanying statement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.

(Information in this report complied by FOX 8 and the Associated Press.)

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