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FAA to close Capital City, Lancaster towers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided to close towers at Capital City Airport and Lancaster Airport because of forced spending cuts.

Capital City and Lancaster are among 149 regional airport control towers that will be shuttered during a four-week, phased closure that will begin April 7, according to the FAA.

The FAA will also close the air traffic control facility at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, but three others in Pennsylvania that were on a list of possible closures were spared. Those airports are Williamsport, Northeast Philadelphia, and Reading Regional.

In early March, FAA proposed to close 189 contract air traffic control towers as part of its plan to meet the $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration.

The agency also announced that it would consider keeping open any of the towers if doing so would be in the national interest.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency will take steps to ensure safe operations at the affected airports.

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