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.