Yakima Airport Tower May Be Shut Down

<p>Yakima Air Tower</p>

Yakima Air Tower

Possible budget cuts out of Washington D.C. may lead to the closure of over 100 air traffic control towers, including the tower in Yakima.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is planning on reducing it's costs by about 600 million dollars for the rest of the year.

City Manager Tony O'Rourke says if the airport were to close it's air tower, air traffic controllers in Seattle would take over communications -- that would increase departure time by about 20 minutes.

The FAA is also planning on closing air towers in Walla Walla and Moses Lake.