Towers to remain open at Lancaster and Capital City Airports

Written by The Associated Press | May 13, 2013 12:03 PM
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Control tower at Capital City Airport

(Washington) -- The control towers at two midstate airports are among the 149 that will remain open through at least September 30th.

The news was well-received at Lancaster Airport and Capital City Airport, whose towers were scheduled to close June 15th as part of the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to accommodate automatic spending cuts required by Congress.

Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has determined there is enough extra money, under a bill passed by Congress last month, to keep the towers open through the end of the budget year.

Republican Congressman Joe Pitts also voiced his relief at the move.

"I'm pleased that the Secretary of Transportation has announced that towers like the one at Lancaster Airport will remain open through the end of the fiscal year in September. The FAA had the resources and flexibility to keep these towers open all along," he said in a statement. "The uncertainty about whether they would be closed was disruptive and needless. I'm going to work in the House to make sure that contract towers remain open in the coming fiscal year also."

View Pitts' full letter about the control towers here.

The towers are operated by contractors for the FAA at low-traffic airports.

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