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FAA delays W.Va. airport tower closures until June

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The air traffic control towers at three West Virginia airports will remain open until mid-June under a move by federal officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration is delaying the closing of 149 airport control towers until June 15 in order to deal with legal challenges.

Those include the Wheeling Ohio County, Greenbrier Valley and Mid Ohio Valley Regional airports.

Trade groups representing companies that operate the towers under contract for FAA filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Washington.

The agency says about 50 airport operators and communities have also indicated they may want to pay for operation of the towers themselves, and more time is needed to work out those details.

FAA has previously said the closures are necessary to accommodate automatic spending cuts.


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