FAA delays decision on airport tower closings

Posted: March 16, 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration said it will delay until March 22 a decision on which airport air traffic control towers will temporarily close because of the federal spending cuts, known as the sequester.

FAA chief operating officer J. David Grizzle said the agency is reviewing appeals from many of the 189 small airports slated for reduced tower hours, or elimination of tower operations.

The FAA permitted small airports, such as Trenton-Mercer Airport, where Frontier Airlines now has commercial flights, to explain why elimination of funding for control towers "would adversely affect the national interest," Grizzle said. The FAA is reviewing each airport and will announce a final decision on March 22.

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