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FAA Releases Contract Tower Closure List


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FAA Releases Contract Tower Closure List

March 22, 2013

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration released its decision to begin a four-week phased closure of 149 contract towers beginning on April 7. In early March, FAA proposed to close 189 contract control towers as part of its plan to meet the $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration.


A list of the towers slated for closure can be viewed here. The FAA has determined that due to the negative impact on the national interest, 24 federal contract towers will remain open that had been previously proposed for closure. Additionally, the agency determined that 16 contract towers in the cost-share program will remain open until September 30.

FAA Administrator Huerta said that the administration will work with the airports and the operators to ensure that procedures are in place to maintain a high-level of safety at non-towered airports.

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