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UPDATE: Air Traffic Control Tower Closures Delayed Again

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The United States Department of Transportation released a statement on Friday saying that the 149 air traffic control towers on the table to be closed in June will now remain open for the remainder of the fiscal year 2013. September 30 is the end of the federal budget year and keeping the 149 low-activity contract towers open until then is possible with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announcing that the Department of Transportation determined the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to do that along with transferring sufficient funds to end employee furloughs.

 It also mentions in the statement that the FAA will put $10 million towards reducing cuts and delays in core NextGen programs and allocate approximately $11 million to partially restore the support of infrastructure in the national airspace system.

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