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March 23, 2013

FAA to close tower at Lawrence Municipal airport

NORTH ANDOVER — The air traffic control tower at Lawrence Municipal Airport is among 149 nationwide that will close due to federal budget cuts, the Federal Aviation Administration announced yesterday.

Also closing in Masschusetts are the towers at Beverly Airport and airports in Worcester, Norwood and New Bedford.

The closures will be effective sometime after April 7.

Airport officials were informed in March that the towers could close, but the official word did not come until yesterday.

Last month, Paul Nugent, air traffic control manager at the airport, told The Eagle-Tribune that the five air traffic controllers who work under him will be laid off.

The lack of a control tower will not shut down the airport, Nugent said. The tower at Lawrence Municipal operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. At night, pilots can activate the runway lights and report their position to other fliers.

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