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FAA to Delay 149 Airport Tower Closures until June

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WASHINGTON (WGGB/AP) — The Obama administration is delaying the closing of 149 airport control towers until mid-June in order to deal with legal challenges.

The first 24 closures had been scheduled for Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday the closures will be delayed until June 15. Trade groups representing companies that operate the towers under contract for FAA filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Washington.

The agency says about 50 airport operators and communities have also indicated they may want to pay for operation of the towers themselves, and more time is needed to work out those details.

Five other towers in Massachusetts are slated to shut down, including facilities in Norwood, Worcester, Lawrence, Beverly, and New Bedford.

FAA has previously said the closures are necessary to accommodate automatic spending cuts.

Information from Joan Lowy at the Associated Press was used in this report.