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March 22, 2013

FAA announces 149 airport tower closures including two Dallas towers

The Federal Aviation Administration announced it will close 149 airport towers on April 7 as part of the budget cuts required by sequestration.

Two Dallas towers - Dallas Executive and Collin County Regional airports - will be shut down under the plan.

Under a previous plan, Fort Worth Spinks, Arlington municipal and Grand Prairie's airport towers had been scheduled to close, however, the FAA reconsidered its decision since "doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest."

"We will work with the airports and the operators to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of safety at non-towered airports," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

-Andrea Ahles

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