WICOMICO CO., Md. - Federal budget cuts are closing control towers and causing furloughs at airports across the country. While those cuts will impact air traffic control towers on Delmarva, Robert Bryant, manager of the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, says these cuts won't have too much of an impact on the current function of the airport , but could halt future growth.
"We now have the longest public use runway on the entire Delmarva peninsula with the highest weight baring capacity. Match that with the control tower, we now have a product that took us years to package together that we can now begin to market for economic development beyond the current airline service that we have," says Bryant, "and now the Federal Aviation Administration is jerking us by pulling the air traffic control tower."
Bryant tells WMDT, in order for the airport to take full advantage of the extension, the air traffic control tower would need to remain fully functional. The control tower at the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport is scheduled to close on June 15th.