LAS VEGAS — The air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has been closed after a controller tested positive for coronavirus.
The controller tested positive Wednesday, the FAA said, and the agency announced the decision to close the tower a short time later.
“The Las Vegas Terminal Radar Approach Control has assumed control of the airspace. The airport remains open and operations will continue at a reduced rate until the situation is resolved,” the FAA said in a statement.
“The air traffic system is a resilient system with multiple backups in place. This shift in operational control is a regular execution of a longstanding contingency plan to ensure continued operations. Each facility across the country has a similar plan that has been updated and tested in recent years.”