The U.S. Department of Transportation today said it will not close the 149 towers originally slated for shutdown under the sequester, including Capital City Airport and Lancaster Airport, due to a bill Congress passed to undo Federal Aviation Administration furloughs.
The Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer money to end employee furloughs and keep open the 149 contract towers that were originally slated to close in June, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today. The money will keep them open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.
The bill had transferred $253 million. Last week, Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Edwards said that was more than enough to keep the towers open. SARAA operates Capital City in York County and Harrisburg International Airport in Dauphin County.