Lawrence Krauter, director of Spokane International Airport, said he expects more airports and possibly trade associations to join the legal challenge. He said the tower closures amount to one of the most significant changes to the national air system’s safety network in recent history and deserve to be studied carefully.But reasoned and appropriate is exactly what the sequester was designed not to be. Under sequestration, the FAA has contended in recent weeks, there are no answers that don't involve problematic cuts to air traffic control staffing levels. (The FAA is not commenting on the lawsuit.)
“No one’s going to tell you ... that there aren’t some contract towers out there that could be closed,” Krauter said. “What we’re saying is that we think that there needs to be a more reasoned and appropriate process.”
Other airports, like Stillwater, Oklahoma, are considering joining the suit.