"We're one of the closest airports to Camp David," says Phil Ridenour, airport director of Hagerstown Regional Airport. "When there are VIP movements, the aircrafts come to and from the airport."
Officials say the tower has served as 'eyes on' support since the terrorist attack of September 11th, which expanded the no-fly zone around Camp David.
The tower itself employs about six people but it's the business community officials are scared will be hit the hardest.
"We have very important businesses that have contracts that may require the tower to be in operation in order for them to fly their aircraft," says Ridenour. "We can't afford to economically lose those contracts in Hagerstown."
The FAA asked all airports officials who are being impacted by the sequestration cuts to send them a letter explaining why their tower should remain opened. Although Hagerstown airport officials sent their letter early, they're not very hopeful
"My personal opinion is I believe that there may be some decisions that have already been made," says Ridenour. "I don't know that for sure but we can certainly hope that the FAA takes a look at our letter."
Airport officials say if the FAA decides to shut down the tower they hope to continue operating as a tower-less airport.
The FAA will notify airport officials of their final decision on March 20th.