Landing equipment still out at Lubbock airport - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/6/10

Landing equipment still out at Lubbock airport

By Kensey Curtis - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport was still not working by Saturday evening. As long as the weather is nice, planes can land without the ILS, but with the weather we've seen, the broken instrument has caused quite a few problems.

One storm has passed and another one will likely blow in Sunday which could cause a lot of problems for passengers flying out of Lubbock. Since Tuesday airlines have had to cancel and delay flights because the Instrument Landing System broke.

Some passengers like Beverly Reed spent days trying to get to Lubbock.  "I finally made it home about 11:00 p.m. Saturday.  My two day trip took six days," Reed said. 

The Lubbock airport says the equipment is owned and maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration who has had engineers in Lubbock trying to fix the problem for days. While the FAA must pay to fix the equipment, it costs the airport as well.

This affects airport revenue also. The airport's a business, and we run off the income that we produce at the airport, so our concession revenue will be down, our landing fees will be down, etc.  It's not enough to be real alarmed about at this time and point, but if it continues and the weather gets bad, it could put a dent in our budget," Director of Aviation James Loomis said.  At this time Loomis is still unsure of when this problem will be solved.

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