Airport Tower's Operating Hours Reduced Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

WATERLOO, IA Earlier today, the Federal Aviation Administration provided notice to City and Airport officials regarding a reduction in the operational hours of the FAA-owned and operated Air Traffic Control Tower at Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO).

Beginning Friday, May 1st, Waterloo’s FAA Air Traffic Control Tower will operate daily from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., in contrast to the current daily schedule from 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

This reduction in operating hours is due to the on-going impact with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the nationwide reduction in overall air traffic operations. The Federal Aviation Administration will continue to evaluate the overall air traffic operations at Waterloo.

Mayor Quentin Hart, provided comment on the return of our tower hours, “I appreciate the FAA’s position to change their operating hours due to the global pandemic that COVID-19 has had on the aviation industry.”  

Keith Kaspari, Airport Director at Waterloo Regional Airport, provided comment, “I echo the comments from Mayor Quentin Hart.  As the Cedar Valley, State and Nation begins to see a recovery from the horrific impacts that COVID-19 has had on our country, I look forward to the time where we can put this pandemic in our rear-view mirror, and get Cedar Valley Area passengers flying again for business, leisure and recreational travel.”