Bloomington - Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington (BMI) has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration alleging that its plans to cut funding for air traffic control violate federal law.
The airport is one of five in Illinois, including Decatur, that are set to lose federal funding for control towers under the across-the-board government budget cuts.
WAND's Doug Wolfe reports the suit seeks a judicial review of the decision. The suit has been filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The airport authority says it plans to continue control tower service even if it has to pay the $500,000 yearly bill itself.
CIRA handles an average of 600 commercial air passengers each day.