Gardner Announces Northern Colorado Regional Airport to be Approved for Eligibility Under FAA Contract Tower Program

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is approving Northern Colorado Regional Airport’s (FNL) application to FAA's Contract Tower (FCT) program, which will allow the Airport to be eligible under or the program should FAA approve a tower.

“I’m proud to work with communities across our state to support their transportation priorities, and this announcement is good news for Northern Colorado Regional Airport,” said Senator Gardner. “Regional airports across Colorado play a critical role in their local economies, and modernizing our infrastructure and transportation systems is important for our quality of life. Going forward, I will continue my work to support the needs of airports across Colorado.”

“As Chairman of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport Commission, I want to thank Senator Gardner for his persistent effort in working with the FAA Administrator to include the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in the FAA Contract Tower Program,” said Wade Troxell, Mayor of Fort Collins.

Gardner has advocated for the FCT program as part of annual appropriations processes. Gardner also supported the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which was signed into law in October of 2018 and included changes to the FCT program.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.