Pittenger effort secures Control Tower for CLT
November 5, 2015
SUCCESS! FAA ANNOUNCES NEW CLT CONTROL TOWER FOLLOWING BIPARTISAN PUSH BY CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER
WASHINGTON -- Following a two-year effort by Congressman Robert Pittenger, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to build a much-needed new control tower at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
"Charlotte-Douglas is critical to our local economy and job growth, and is the 8th busiest airport in the United States, yet the current control tower doesn't allow the airport to operate at full capacity. We are grateful that the FAA is finally moving forward to construct a new tower," said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09). "Thank you to Congressman McHenry, Congresswoman Foxx, Congressman Gowdy, Congressman Mulvaney, Congressman Hudson, and Congresswoman Adams for joining me in this effort."
The current control tower, built in 1979, is too short and in the wrong position for controllers to see the entire airfield. As a result, the airport's third parallel runway, opened in 2011 at a cost of $325 million, can't be fully utilized.
After being alerted to the problem by the City of Charlotte, Congressman Pittenger started work in late 2013 to build a bipartisan coaltion to urge the FAA to build a new control tower. This included efforts to highlight alternate financing options, bipartisan work to secure $29 million in the FY 2015 Transportation Appropriations bill, and a joint letter urging FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to make use of the available funding.
Congressman Pittenger will monitor the project and has offered to provide additional assistance to the City of Charlotte as necessary to ensure timely completion.