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Ann McLane Kuster Tours Nashua Control Tower

Ryan Lessard

The Nashua Airport tower will shut down this Sunday because of recent federal budget cuts. New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster visited the tower Wednesday afternoon to speak out against the sequestration cuts.

Representative Kuster and Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau met with reporters after touring the 48-foot-high air traffic control tower at Boire Field. Kuster says the Nashua Airport tower is essential to the surrounding area.

“I think it’s clearly an issue of safety that we’re all concerned about number one, and number two obviously is the economic impact; the loss of jobs right here but, more importantly, the broader economic impact across the community.”

In to a recent letter to the FAA from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Commissioner Chris Clement says more than 100 businesses use the Nashua Airport. It’s still unclear how many of them will continue using the runway without the tower or if they will deem the air field too risky.

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