3 W.Va. airport towers on FAA closure list

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Air traffic control towers at three West Virginia airports are on a list of 149 across the country set to close starting April 7.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the list Friday. The Charleston Gazette reports that it includes contract towers at airports in Lewisburg, Parkersburg and Wheeling.

Earlier this month, the FAA announced that 189 contract control towers nationwide were being proposed for closure to help achieve the 5 percent reduction in spending called for in the federal budget sequestration process. After reviewing the proposal, the FAA decided to keep 24 of the towers open. An additional 16 towers operating under a special congressionally mandated cost-share program will remain open, but their host airports will make 5 percent spending cuts through other methods.

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