The FAA is cancelling plans to shut down nearly 150 air traffic control towers across the country. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the agency now has the funding to keep them running. It's part of a plan approved by Congress to also end furloughs for air traffic controllers. The FAA and Department of Transportation has now announced the contract towers will remain open through the end of the fiscal year.
David Miller manages St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto, and says that is good news.
In Illinois, the control towers in Bethalto, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur and Waukegan were all scheduled to close as a result of the sequester issues. Miller is hopeful this move means there is hope the entire issue will soon be resolved.