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Five Maryland airport control towers to be closed next month
Five Maryland airport control towers to be closed next month

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to close five air traffic control towers in Maryland — among 149 nationwide — to comply with across-the-board budget cuts mandated by Congress, a move that could clog operations at BWI Marshall Airport. Even though the tower at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is not among the closings, the FAA decision to shut down one at Martin State Airport in Baltimore County could lead to more flights using the larger airport. In turn, that could lead to flight delays for travelers. "Martin is our fifth runway. It's our reliever," said Paul Wiedefeld, who manages both BWI and Martin. "We try to get...

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