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FAA to Reprogram $253M, Keep Contract Towers Open

AirportRunwayThe Federal Aviation Administration will keep contract towers open as the recently-enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 allowed the agency to reprogram $253 million in funding for the towers, Aviation Week reported Friday.

Kerry Lynch writes the FAA planned to cease funding for 149 contract towers as part of its strategy to slash $600 million from its fiscal 2013 budget resulting from sequestration.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday that RFDA funding helped the FAA shift money from other accounts to continue tower operations, end employee furloughs and support infrastructure, Lynch reports.

Aviation Week noted the agency originally planned to stop funding the towers in phases from April to May but pushed the date back to June 15 due to pressure from lawmakers and lawsuits aimed at keeping the towers open.

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