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Friday, May 10, 2013

Nashua air traffic control tower to remain open through fiscal year

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that a new resolution will keep several air traffic control towers, including the one at Nashua Municipal Airport, open through the end of the fiscal year.

In April, the Nashua Airport Authority announced it would keep its tower open for at least another month while the FAA delayed closures until June. This came after the administration aimed to cut funding to 149 federally contracted towers as part of the implementation of sequestration and $637 million in budget cuts set to go into effect June 15. ...

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that a new resolution will keep several air traffic control towers, including the one at Nashua Municipal Airport, open through the end of the fiscal year.

In April, the Nashua Airport Authority announced it would keep its tower open for at least another month while the FAA delayed closures until June. This came after the administration aimed to cut funding to 149 federally contracted towers as part of the implementation of sequestration and $637 million in budget cuts set to go into effect June 15.

The office of U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., released a statement in response to the news Friday, saying the Nashua native “led the fight for control towers” to highlight their importance before lawmakers and Department of Transportation officials.

“Nashua’s control tower is critical to air traffic safety in New England,” she said, “and I’m pleased that the FAA has reversed its wrongheaded decision to close such an important facility and others like it.”

In addition to pushing for legislation that would help keep open air traffic control towers by allowing the FAA to use funds from other areas of its budget, Ayotte’s team said she has joined with her colleagues in the Senate and House in calling on the FAA to identify lower priority spending elsewhere in its budget to keep these facilities operational.

– SAMANTHA ALLEN