Tucson International Airport to get new control tower - Tucson News Now

Tucson International Airport to get new control tower

Current tower, built in the 1950s (Source: Tucson Airport Authority) Current tower, built in the 1950s (Source: Tucson Airport Authority)
Rendering of new tower (Source: Tucson Airport Authority) Rendering of new tower (Source: Tucson Airport Authority)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson International Airport will soon be getting a new control tower. The groundbreaking is scheduled for later this morning. 

What will happen to the old tower and what does it mean for customers?  According to airport officials the old tower will stay, they are not sure what will happen to it yet.

This new control tower will stand at twice the height of the current tower, which will provide better views for air traffic controllers. 

The FAA will own the new tower and will lease the land it stands on from the airport.  Officials say the current tower is safe, but it is aging and they want to get ahead of it before they have problems.  The new tower will help TIA to grow. 

It has the potential to handle more airplanes in the future, especially if and when TIA expands its runways. 

The bottom line from officials, this new tower will not affect customers right away.  The new tower is more of an investment in the future, so generations to come can continue flying in and out of TIA.

According to officials the new tower will cost roughly $42 million to build, using federal funds and should be complete by 2017.  

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