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CIRA will try to keep tower open

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:45:15 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

A statement from the Bloomington Normal Airport Authority indicates some hope to keep the tower open without interruption. The airport says details are not complete but will be announced as they are finalized. They say they will not allow this decision to disrupt the integrity, consistency or safety of flights in and out of the Central Illinois Regional Airport as we remain open during this transition. Nor will they permit national political gamesmanship to compromise the growth and vitality that has been a hallmark of CIRA or the future opportunities that are on the horizon. State Farm Insurance is also issuing a statement this afternoon saying the company stands ready to help ensure air service support for CIRA continues at the level and quality State Farm relies on today.

The airport authority continues to maintain the Bloomington facility did not belong on the closure list because of its significant daily commercial operations, passenger traffic which includes travel as a necessity for national and international commerce, and CIRA as a choice for diverted aircraft activity from large hubs in close proximity such as
O'Hare, Midway and Indianapolis. CIRA says the aiport is a victim of thoughtless politics carried out in an irresponsible manner on this issue.

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