WASHINGTON (AP) Rochester N.Y. — Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.
That includes the control tower at the Greater Rochester International Airport.
The FAA had announced earlier this year that it would eliminate midnight shifts of air traffic controllers at 69 airport towers and two regional approach control facilities in order to meet across-the-board, automatic spending cuts required by Congress.
The FAA announced the decision not to eliminate the shifts after a conference call with airlines and groups representing business and private pilots.
The elimination of midnight shifts at some airports was separate from the FAA's furloughs of controllers at all the agency's airport towers and control facilities last month.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks issued a statement saying:
"Today, I am pleased to announce we have been notified by the FAA that it will be maintaining full night-time staffing at the Greater Rochester International Airport's traffic control tower for the coming year. This is a major victory for our community and I am hopeful that additional action will also be taken to protect local Airport Improvement Program funding in the near future."