FAA Delays Closures of 149 Control Towers


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By CNN Staff

(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it will delay the closures of 149 federal-contract air traffic control towers until June 15.

Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these regional airport towers to help it meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.

The tower closures had been scheduled to begin April 7, phased in over four weeks. The towers are low- or moderate-volume facilities staffed by contractors.

The Cuyahoga County Airport in Highland Heights is on the list, but local leaders plan to fight to keep it open.

“We were one of the first and few communities in the nation to take legal action against the FAA’s decision,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. “The legal challenges brought by Cuyahoga County and other jurisdictions recognized the serious consequences of air traffic tower closures. We appreciate that the FAA has now validated our concerns. We will continue to pursue all legal options and look forward making to our case.”

CNN’s Jim Barnett and Fox 8 News contributed to this story.

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