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Hailey, Pocatello Airports Set To Close Towers In Early May

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Airports in Hailey and Pocatello will close their air traffic control towers on May 5. The Lewiston-Nez Perce County and Idaho Falls Regional Airports are also set to close sometime after April 7.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a complete list of airports affected by the federal budget cuts last Friday.

Rick Baird manages the Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. He says the FAA continues to update how the sequester will impact the regional airport.

According to the Associated Press, the tower closures will not force the airports to shut down. But pilots will be in charge of takeoff and landing communications, without help from ground controllers.

Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.