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FAA Delays Tower Closures Blamed on Sequester
149 sites will stay open until mid-June
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
A plane heads to the runway at the Cuyahoga County Airport Friday in Highland Heights, Ohio.   (AP)

(Newser) – The Obama administration is delaying the closing of 149 airport control towers until mid-June in order to deal with legal challenges and safety reviews. The first 24 closures had been scheduled for Sunday, but the FAA said today that the date for all the closures has been pushed back until June 15. “This has been a complex process and we need to get this right," says transportation secretary Ray LaHood. “Safety is our top priority. We will use this additional time to make sure communities and pilots understand the changes at their local airports."

Trade groups representing companies that operate the towers filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court in Washington. In addition, the agency says about 50 airport operators and communities have indicated they want to pay for operation of the towers themselves, and more time is needed to work out those details. The agency says the closures are necessary to accommodate $637 million in FAA spending cuts mandated by the sequester.

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Riffran
Apr 8, 2013 6:08 PM CDT
ahh yes the artifical manufactured Obama crisis. Designed to make it "hurt" as much as possible to futher his agenda..yet give millions away to the muslim brotherhood, and adds transgender options to medicaide
BenDunn
Apr 6, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
The Chicken Little Admin, at it again Piss on Obama and his band of idiots! President chicken little will next tell US we need to spend more on his jobs bills, No Jobs, just more Bills!!!
ashkenxxx
Apr 6, 2013 8:28 AM CDT
Excessive control towers can be closed, many are occupied by employees who have nothing to do but read newspapers and if lucky party with female co-workers. Airfares can be reduced if unionized fat is trimmed from the landing fields.