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John Thune
Md. airport towers appear safe from federal cuts
Md. airport towers appear safe from federal cuts

Five air traffic control towers in Maryland that had been scheduled to shut down in June as a result of federal budget cuts are now expected to remain open, lawmakers said Wednesday — easing fears that the closures could back up flights at BWI Marshall Airport. A provision tucked into a high-profile bill approved by Congress last week to end furloughs of air traffic controllers — and the flight delays they caused — also leaves more than $30 million available for towers at 149 small airports nationwide, lawmakers said. Airport administrators and lawmakers in both parties say the small airports are critical to the economies of the rural areas they often serve. Maryland...