Indiana airports are looking for ways to become self-sustaining, including land leases for commercial use.
New funding allows municipal airport control towers to stay open through September, but their long-term fate is still uncertain.
Columbus Municipal Airport officials say they are still trying to find ways to avoid a shutdown of the airport's control tower.
Some Indiana control towers will be closing due to pre-sequester cuts.
In the face of budget cuts, smaller airports may lose their 24 hour control towers.
While aviation-related property is usually tax exempt, land the Columbus airport leases to developers is taxable, according to the Bartholomew County assessor.
With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, regional airport authorities still are not sure what to expect.
Increases in business between the city of Columbus and Detroit have prompted the Columbus Municipal Airport to add a direct flight between the two cities.