Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport tower to stay open for now

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Jim Leute
May 11, 2013

JANESVILLE--The tower at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport will stay open through at least the end of September.

The Federal Aviation Administration had planned to close the air-traffic control towers at 149 smaller airports—including the one in Janesville—in May as part of the federal budget sequestration. Later, the agency said it would fund the towers through June 15.

In late April, Congress passed a bill to allow the agency to transfer up to $253 million to restore full staffing of furloughed air traffic controllers and keep open the smaller towers, where contractors handle the air traffic duties.

The FAA restored the furloughed controllers but didn’t take action on the contract towers.

Then in a statement Friday, the FAA said it will “keep the 149 low-activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.”

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