CWA, Dozens of Smaller Airports to Remain Open
By Patrick Lynn
The 149 air traffic control towers that were set to close this summer because of the federal sequestration will remain open until at least September, federal officials said Friday.
The Federal Aviation Administration said legislation approved by Congress last month lets it transfer funds from other accounts to keep the towers open until the end of the fiscal year.
Central Wisconsin Airport manager Tony Yaron said Friday he’d just received word of the change. CWA was expected to close in June,
The FAA, is being required by the federal “sequester” to cut more than $600 million in spending increases from its budget.
Had the tower closed, the airspace above central Wisconsin would have been turned over to the airport in Minneapolis, MN.
Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind today released a statement following the announcement, saying it was “good news”. Kind has been critical about expected air tower furloughs.
“This is good news for the traveling public, local businesses and our military forces, but this fix only brings us to the end of September when the current fiscal year ends. We will have to continue fighting for these air towers until a permanent resolution can be found,” Kind said in a statement Friday.
“The sequester ushered in a painful era of stupid spending cuts, and I’ll keep fighting for a comprehensive, responsible legislative solution that protects the students, seniors and so many others who have been harmed by these cuts.”