W.K. Kellogg Airport

Decision necessary because Air National Guard fire department is closing

The city of Battle Creek has entered into a contract with the private company Midwest Air Traffic Control until the next fiscal year. City officials hope federal funding will be restored by then.

WMUK

Western Michigan University President John Dunn says he still hopes federal regulators can be convinced to keep the tower at W.K. Kellogg Airport open. Western’s College of Aviation is located at the airport in Battle Creek. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Friday that the tower is one being defunded because of automatic federal spending cuts known as “sequestration.” 

The Associated Press

Battle Creek's Air National Guard Base is getting a new mission, but not the one that local leaders had hoped for. Battle Creek Enquirer reporter Jennifer Bowman spoke with WMUK's Gordon Evans Friday morning.

Community leaders had hoped for C-130 aircraft for Air National Guard base.

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