FAA Postpones Closure List of Air Traffic Control Towers

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) Due to the Federal Budget Sequester that went into effect at the beginning of March, the Federal Aviation Administration is now trying to cut over $600-million dollars from its budget.

The FAA is considering closing 189 Air Traffic Control facilities at airports around the nation.

Many other air traffic control towers would see the elimination of the overnight shift (Midnight to 5am).

The final closure list was supposed to be made public on March 18th but the FAA issued a statement saying the announcement will be delayed.

"The following message was transmitted to airport sponsors/owners from David Grizzle, Chief Operating Office of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization last Friday:

"As you are aware, the FAA has offered to airport sponsors for 189 airports within the FAA's contract tower program the opportunity to explain why the elimination of funding for the tower operations at their airports would adversely affect the national interest.

The FAA has received a very large number of responses. In order to review comprehensively the submission on behalf of each airport, the FAA will delay the date of its final decision and announcement of which airport tower operations it intends to cease to fund. The FAA will make that announcement on March 22, 2013."