Reprieve for Airports Facing Furloughs, Control Tower Closings

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Reprieve for Airports Facing Furloughs, Control Tower Closings

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A reprieve for a number of smaller airports across the country including Duluth International.

The Department of Transportation says the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 secures funding to end employee furloughs and keeps nearly 150 air control towers open through at least September.

The Duluth International airport was slated to eliminate its midnight air traffic controller shift as part of sequestration.

"No question it's good to have a live person manning airspace," said Tom Werner, executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority, in response to Friday's announcement.

However, Werner said he hadn't received final word yet and should cuts happen down the road, "things can be done safely."

The airport employs a total of 21 air traffic controllers.

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