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Airport tower manager, crew to be out of work

TUPELO — Despite a temporary reprieve, Doug Metz and his four co-workers still face unemployment.

Metz is the air traffic control manager at Tupelo Regional Airport, where the tower is among 149 across the country being closed by the Federal Aviation Administration on June 15.

An air traffic controller with more than 30 years of experience, Metz has been working in Tupelo since the tower first opened in 1999.

Last year, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Regional Airport had more than 51,000 operations. One operation is recorded when an aircraft takes off and lands

Through the first three months of this year, the airport had recorded more than 13,000 operations.

 

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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