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FAA Announces Renton Air Traffic Control to Stay Open Through September

FAA Chief Operating Officer J. David Grizzle told the city of Renton Friday that Renton Airport Clayton Scott Field's air traffic control tower would continue to operate through the end of the fiscal year.

Legislation passed by Congress in April to alleviate delays at the nation's busiest airports will also allow the FAA to continue running Renton's air traffic control tower through September.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that DOT has determined that the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer sufficient funds to end employee furloughs and keep the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, which ends Sept. 30.

The FAA will also put $10 million towards reducing cuts and delays in core NextGen air traffic control programs and will allocate approximately $11 million to partially restore the support of infrastructure in the national airspace system.

(Ed. Note: The headline of the article was edited for clarity.)

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