New air traffic control tower in operation in Selma

From the West Alabama newsroom–

A new air traffic control tower is in operation at Craig Field Airport in Selma.

The new temporary tower for Advanced ATC went into operation earlier this week. And a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this afternoon.

There has been no air traffic control service in the area for 45 years.

Company officials say having controlled airspace is the first step in bringing more business and traffic to the airport.

“Normally when you have controlled airspace and you have air traffic control service at the airport, pilots tend to want to go to airports that have ATC service,” Advance ATC director of operations Daniel Cunningham said.

“So I anticipate a big increase in traffic for the airport, additional fuel sales and that kind of thing.”

The company has also started an air traffic control training academy at Craig Field.

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