Gateway Airport control tower plans finally taking off

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport / East Valley Tribune

 

By Jason Stone | East Valley Tribune

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is finally free to do something about its short – and potentially unsafe – air traffic control tower.

Thanks to the U.S. Senate passing the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, the airport will be allowed to spend around $20 million on a new control tower after years of not being able to build it because of an old, bureaucratic rule.

“All we’ve been wanting to do is spend our own money,” airport spokesman Ryan Smith said. “We’re not looking for a handout. We just to be able to spend our own money.”

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