Closure of control tower at Smith Reynolds Airport delayed

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–Smith Reynolds Airport has more time before its contract air traffic control tower is shut down, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it will delay closing 149 towers throughout the country until June 15.

The agency is eliminating funding for these towers as part of its required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration.

According to the report, the FAA said that the additional time will allow it to attempt to resolve multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions, as well as give the agency and airports more time to make changes to the National Airspace System.

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