FAA Delays Closure of Air Traffic Control Towers

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. (KTLA) — The 149 air-traffic control towers scheduled to be shut down Sunday due to federal budget cuts will be kept open for two more months, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday.

Last month, the FAA announced that 7 control towers in Southern California would be among those slated for closure as a result of forced federal budget cuts.

The FAA must cut $637 million by Sept. 30 as part of $85 billion in cuts across the federal government.

Control towers in Fullerton, Oxnard, Riverside, San Diego, Victorville, Whiteman Airport in Pacoima and Fox Airfield in Lancaster will now remain open until at least June 15.

The FAA says the 2 month extension will give the agency more time to deal with lawsuits regarding the closure as well as review “appropriate risk mitigations” and consult with airports and operators.

All the towers targeted for closure are contract towers, which are certified by the FAA, but not run by the government.

Contract towers make up nearly half of the nation’s towers and handle about 30% of the air traffic.

Two Southern California contract towers were spared from the first round of proposed cuts: Hawthorne Municipal Airport and a joint facility in Palmdale that houses the regional airport and USAF Plant 42.

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  • lacofortwenty

    You can thank your illustrious president, the moron, for ALL he's done to help this happen. This country is progressively going down the toilet.

        • paladin601

          he never will and for positive things done by others, he takes credit.he is actually worst then Carter. Clinton was Impeached for less.

          • malclave

            Not exactly. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath. I'm no fan of Obama's, but I can't say I've seen any evidence that he has committed any felonies.

          • paladin601

            Obama surrendered his Illinios attorney's license under threat of it being taken away by the bar for lying on his application for the Bar. Michelle Obama also surrendered her license under threat of being disbarred.

  • malclave

    As far as I can tell, Obama has directed his administration to make the "sequester" as painful as possible.

    Does anyone really believe that the federal government is so lean and efficient that they can't find 2% savings without closing towers, stopping border security, slowing down TSA screenings, and all the other things the Democrats are threatening?

    We're not even talking about real spending cuts here… the sequester is just a smaller-than-requested spending increase.

  • VNgrunt67

    You can thank the elected 2%er Aristocrats from both parties for this mess. They only worry about their wealthy friends and the corporations that line their pockets… political funds and personal.

  • YankeeDoodleDoggie

    Instead of closing anything on phantom missing funds about 8-12 months out why not do
    something out-of-the-box like actually show some management talent. Not pretendo talent
    such as community organizer. I'm talking someone with the cajones to lay off enough of
    the severely overstaffed TSA to not only keep the towers open—there will probably be
    enough funds to build a few new ones.