FAA Reverses Decision to Cut Midnight ATC Shifts

Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The FAA has reversed their decision to close 72 air traffic control towers and other ATC facilities at midnight in an effort to meet the automatic spending cuts that went into effect under sequestration.

The announcement came this week after a conference call with airlines and advocacy groups. Some of the airports that were to lose overnight service included Chicago's Midway Airport, Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport, Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico, and Atlantic City International in New Jersey.

The FAA is still mulling whether to close 149 contract towers at airports around the country. The mayors and other community leaders of 70 cities joined together last week to write a letter to FAA administrator Michael Huerta and DOT secretary Ray LaHood saying that the contract towers should remain open.