BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Transportation Department says 149 control towers at small airports, including W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek , that were slated for closure will remain open — at least through Sept. 30.
The department sent out a brief statement Friday. It says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood 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.
Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these regional airport towers to help it meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.