Aviation / Sequester
2:55 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Missouri, Illinois Control Towers Slated To Close Due To Sequester To Stay Open, For Now

The Transportation Departments says 149 control towers at small airports that were slated for closure will remain - open at least through Sept. 30.

The department sent out a brief statement Friday. It says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has determined there is enough extra money, under a bill passed by Congress last month, to keep the towers open through the end of the budget year.

The towers are operated by contractors for the Federal Aviation Administration at low-traffic airports.

As we previously reported, these include the following airports in Missouri and Illinois:

Missouri

Illinois

They were scheduled to close June 15 as part of the FAA's plan to accommodate automatic spending cuts required by Congress.

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