WASHINGTON (WTVA) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has issued its final decision on the reduction of control tower staff at 189 control towers around the country.
On Friday, the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus learned they will keep their staff after the FAA ruled the closure would have a negative impact on the national interest.
Columbus Air Force Base is housing planes at the airport while runway improvements are underway at the base.
Tupelo Regional Airport will be losing their staffing.
Tupelo Airport Director Josh Abramson tells WTVA.com that he has been in Washington, D.C. this week, partly to plead a case to possibly keep the tower open at the Tupelo Regional Airport.
He says he met with the FAA on Thursday and that part of that meeting was to discuss the tower.
He says that it appears the FAA did not seem to believe that there was a significant enough military presence at the Tupelo Regional Airport to keep the tower open.
Originally, 189 control towers were scheduled to lose staffing under the proposal that is part of $637 million in cuts required under sequestration.
The number has been reduced to 149 after an appeals process determined 24 were vital to the national interest and 16 others are part of a "cost share" program because Congress sets aside funds every fiscal year for those towers.
The closures will being April 7 and are expected to be completed within four weeks.
The FAA says the airports affected can provide funding to keep staff in place, but Abramson says there are no plans to do so in Tupelo.