FAA to delay closure of 149 control towers

Towers won't close until June 15

Published On: Apr 09 2013 02:50:36 PM PDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2013 12:03:12 PM PDT
Air traffic control tower
(CNN) -

The Federal Aviation Administration will delay the closures of 149 unfunded federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15, the agency announced Friday.

The FAA said last month it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency's required $637 million in forced spending cuts.

Tower closures had been scheduled to begin Sunday and were to have been phased in over four weeks, the FAA said.