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FAA Postpones Contract Tower Closures

On April 5, 2013, the FAA released a statement statement announcing that it would delay closure of 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15, 2013.  The FAA explained that the delay would give the FAA time to attempt to resolve several legal challenges to the planned closures and give airports time to decide whether to assume responsibility for funding tower operations.  Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell filed suit on behalf of over 10 airports challenging the planned closures; more than 20 airports and airport organizations nationwide filed suit.  For further information about the litigation, please contact Peter Kirsch.