Closure of air traffic control towers delayed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Air traffic control towers at six Connecticut airports have been spared, but only for a couple months.

The first 24 closures resulting from federal budget cuts had been scheduled for Sunday, but the FAA made the announcement that they will delay the closure of air traffic control towers at 149 small airports across the country until mid-June.
That's because they need time to deal with lawsuits related to the issue, and to allow airports the chance to look for alternative funding.

Connecticut members of Congress have been working to stop the closures from happening.

Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke to News 8 on Saturday, about what's next in the fight to keep air traffic control at airports, like Tweed-New Haven.

Blumenthal says closing those towers would be a risk to public safety, and would have a negative impact on local economies that rely on airports for jobs and tax revenue.
The new date for closure is June 15th.

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