The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will be the first airport in the US to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on a proposed 1,000ft extension of the airport’s runway for air-traffic control operations.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the installation of the cameras after five years of meetings, review and field testing.

These new CCTV cameras will be mounted on poles giving clear visibility for air-traffic controllers during take-off and landing of aircraft.

The TV camera could cost around $500,000 and will eliminate the usage of taller control towers, reports The Aspen Times, quoting a senior official of the airport.

The cameras can be used in conjunction with the existing control tower.

The county is also planning to extend its runway to accommodate a large number of regional jet services.