Battle Creek paying to keep Kellogg Airport tower

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Battle Creek official says the city plans to contract with a private company to keep the control tower open at W.K. Kellogg Airport.

City Transportation Director Larry Bowron tells the Battle Creek Enquirer (http://bcene.ws/10wYm7O ) that the city needs an air traffic controller service to operate the municipal airport at its current level.

The decision comes as the Federal Aviation Administration proceeds with plans to make cuts at airports around the country.

Bowron says that City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama will use emergency authority to hire Midwest Air Traffic Control, which now runs the tower under a federal contract.

Bowron says the new arrangement means reduced hours and will cost about $33,000 per month.

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