Airports Sue FAA over Control Tower Shutdown

Cuts connected to sequestration


A trio of airports are suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over its plans to close air traffic control towers because of the sequester. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said that it will begin to close 149 air traffic control towers this month because across-the-board budget reductions require spending cuts of $600 million. 

Airports in Bloomington, Ill., Spokane, Wash., and Ormond Beach, Fla. that were on the FAA's list have filed lawsuits in the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit to prevent the closures from occurring on April 7.