Ohio County Airport Control Tower on FAA Closure List

WHEELING — The air traffic control tower at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport is on the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of 149 nationally that will close due to budget cuts, airport Manager Tom Tominack said.

The FAA announced the cuts Friday, a month after it released a preliminary list of facilities that could be closed.

All of the affected airports will remain open. Pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers. That’s something they are trained to do, but airport directors have raised concerns about the potential impact on safety.

In an accompanying statement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.