Ithaca Airport control tower will remain open

Ithaca Airport control tower will remain open

The FAA is cancelling plans to shut down nearly 150 air traffic control towers across the country.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the agency now has the funding to keep them running.  It’s part of a plan approved by Congress to also end furloughs for air traffic controllers.

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Manager Bob Nicholas says the efforts of county officials have finally paid off.

In a statement, area congressman Tom Reed said those who utilize the Ithaca Airport can breathe a sigh of relief.

“We placed pressure on the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of the Ithaca Airport and made our intentions clear from day one that there was no reason to jeopardize the viability of the tower,” Reed said.

The tower will remain open until at least the end of the fiscal year.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Silver’s lawyers plan to appeal corruption verdict

sheldon silver

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty on federal corruption charges on Monday.

in Local

Bridge, park near Ithaca Falls to get extra attention

ithaca falls

City lawmakers say the Lake Street bridge and the park under the Ithaca Falls are both in need of more work.

in Local

New steps for banks proposed to fight terrorism financing


Regulators say over the last four years, their investigations into terrorist financing and U.S. sanctions violations uncovered serious shortcomings.

in Local

Cornell becomes a NWS StormReady university

NWS cornell

Since the program began in 1999, over 2,300 communities have been given this recognition.

in Local

Minimum wage debate picks up this week in Tompkins County


Ithaca, Tompkins County lawmakers both to vote on resolutions regarding New York's minimum wage; lawmakers to discuss symbolic resolutions Tuesday, Wednesday