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TIA officials dedicate new air traffic control tower

The new air traffic control tower at Tucson International Airport is 252 feet tall, more than twice the height of its predecessor. (Source: KOLD News 13) The new air traffic control tower at Tucson International Airport is 252 feet tall, more than twice the height of its predecessor. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It’s official, air traffic controllers are in the new tower, guiding flights in and out of Tucson International Airport.

The tower will serve six airlines, the military and private aircraft.

It replaces a tower that was built in 1958. At the time, that tower was the tallest building in the city at a little over 90 feet tall. The Federal Aviation Administration says, it served its purpose but improvements were needed.

The new tower is 252 feet tall, more than twice the height of its predecessor. It took about two years to build at a cost of $40 million. It was finished ahead of schedule and under budget.

It’s considered a green building, with low-energy indoor lights and native desert plants that do not need watering. It will be powered by a 1,600-panel solar farm.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said was a much-needed improvement.

“It enhances safety and creates a much better work environment for the air traffic controllers,” Huerta said.

The old tower will remain as a welcome sign for folks flying into Tucson. The first floor of the building will be used for office space.

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