Several local airport control towers will stay open a little longer than originally planned.
The Transportation Department says 149 control towers at small airports that were slated for closure, including half a dozen facilities in our region, will remain open at least through the end of September.
In a statement, Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood announced he has determined there is enough extra money, under a bill passed by Congress last month, to keep the towers open through the end of the budget year.
Contractors for the Federal Aviation Administration at low-traffic airports operate the towers.
Lynchburg Regional Airport in Virginia, along with airports in Frederick, Hagerstown, Baltimore, Salisbury, and Easton, Md. were scheduled to close June 15, as part of the FAA's plan to accommodate automatic spending cuts required by Congress.