FAA delays air traffic control tower closures until end of September

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The planned closure of 149 air traffic control towers -- including two in Minnesota -- has been put off once again, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that that towers will be open until the end of September when the government's fiscal year ends.

The FAA officially announced the list of towers marked for closure in March, including the facilities at the St. Cloud Regional Airport and Anoka County Airport in Blaine.

The closures are part of the federal "sequester," where automatic spending cuts went into effect in March.

The St. Cloud Regional Airport's air traffic control tower was originally set to close April 21, and Anoka County Airport's tower would have closed May 5. But in early April, the FAA delayed the closures until June 15.

Initially, the FAA was considering closing 240 air traffic control towers nationwide.

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