The air traffic control tower is shown at the Ramona Airport in Ramona, California March 12, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake
FAA says will close 149 control towers to meet budget cuts
Posted : Friday, 22 March 2013 03:12PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said it will close 149 air traffic control towers effective April 7 to meet required automatic spending cuts.
Another 40 towers previously slated for closure will remain open, the agency said in a statement.
"We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers and these were very tough decisions," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "Unfortunately we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration."
(Reporting by Doug Palmer)
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