Five air traffic control towers in Maryland that are part of 149 "low activity" towers nationwide will remain open through the end of the September, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.
The towers, including those at Martin State Airport in Baltimore County and Easton/Newnam Field on the Eastern Shore had been slated to close in June under federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Legislation approved by Congress last month gave the Federal Aviation Administration authority to transfer money from other accounts to keep the towers open. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said the move "is good news for our economic security, national security and jobs."
The other towers covered under the agreement include Frederick Municipal Airport, Hagerstown Regional and Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional.