FAA delays closing of Iowa airport’s control tower

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The closing of an air traffic control tower at a Dubuque airport due to federal budget cuts has been delayed until mid-June.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that the air traffic control tower at Dubuque Regional Airport will remain open until then. Closings at 149 small airports around the county were scheduled to begin this weekend.

The FAA will stop funding all the airport towers on June 15. The agency says about 50 airport authorities have indicated they want to fund the towers’ operations rather than see them shut down. Some airport operators in several states also have filed lawsuits in an attempt to stop the closures.

The Dubuque airport provides flights to Chicago O’Hare through American Airlines. A message left for airport officials Friday was not immediately returned.

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