Doolittle to lobby FAA for airport |

Doolittle to lobby FAA for airport

Federal Aviation Administration public affairs officials on Wednesday confirmed representatives from the office of Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., will have a teleconference with the FAA today.

Janis Brand, assistant airport manager at the Lake Tahoe Airport, said the city is trying to confirm that representatives from the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also will attend the teleconference.

Brand said any and all options to keep federal funding for the airport’s air traffic control tower in place will be discussed.

Federal funding is due to expire at the end of this month.

The FAA decided to cancel its funding of the tower’s private contract services last March, but due to intense lobbying from the city and various senators and representatives, the FAA extended funding for weather observations for one year.

With a city contribution of about $25,000, the air traffic control tower was funded through this month. Brand said a state grant recently received by the airport reimbursed the city’s contribution and could fund the city’s future tower match if FAA funding is extended.

The Lake Tahoe Airport has been without commercial air service for more than two years.

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