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County air tower closures granted temporary reprieve

Posted: May 17, 2013 11:06 a.m.
Updated: May 17, 2013 11:06 a.m.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich released today the attached letter from the Federal Aviation Administration announcing that it will no longer close Los Angeles County’s air traffic control towers. Congress passed the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013” act which allows the FAA to transfer funding from other accounts to keep the nation’s 149 contract towers open.

“While this is a welcome development, the effort to keep our county’s air traffic control towers open is not over,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “This is merely an administrative Band-Aid that funds operations at Fox and Whiteman Airports through the fiscal year which ends on September 30th.”

“Accounting for just 2.3% of a $3.6 trillion dollar budget, the proposal to close these towers endangered public safety and had virtually no impact on federal spending,” he added.

The Whiteman contract tower, situated near Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, plays a vital role in the air safety of the heavily trafficked skies of the east San Fernando Valley. The Fox Airfield tower in Lancaster coordinates hundreds of flights per year during wildfires.

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