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Roswell Tower survives, for now

March 6, 2013 • Local News


The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended its threat to close the Roswell Tower. Military and general avaition flights continued regular operations, Wednesday. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)

Roswell International Air Center’s air traffic control tower will remain open for the near future and commercial flights will continue, Federal Aviation Administration and airline officials confirmed Wednesday.

The tower is the only site on FAA’s New Mexico elimination list to be pulled off. Military use and its federal staffing may have factored into the decision to keep Roswell’s airport controlled, but the decision may not be permanent.

“Roswell has a lot of military training that goes on there,” said Lynn Lunsford, FAA regional spokesman. “But to say that (Roswell’s tower is) totally out of the woods would be inaccurate. The federal towers are remaining open for the foreseeable future.”

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