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FAA delays closures of 149 control towers

By CNN Staff
updated 3:15 PM EDT, Fri April 5, 2013
The control tower at Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury, Maryland is one of the towers that had been scheduled to close.
The control tower at Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury, Maryland is one of the towers that had been scheduled to close.

(CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it will delay the closures of 149 federal-contract air traffic control towers until June 15.

Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these regional airport towers to help it meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.

The tower closures had been scheduled to begin April 7, phased in over four weeks. The towers are low- or moderate-volume facilities staffed by contractors.

Read the list of towers scheduled to be closed

CNN's Jim Barnett contributed to this story.

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