As reported in the Herald-Mail, federal funding announced Monday ensures that federally-contracted air traffic control towers, like the tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport, will remain open through September 2014.
Funding had been set to expire at the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30, putting contract towers at five Maryland regional airports in danger of being shut down.
In addition to Hagerstown, the other four airport towers slated to close due to the federal across-the-board cuts known as sequestration were at Easton/Newnam Field, Frederick Municipal Airport, Martin State Airport and Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport.
According to the article, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a news release that $130 million has been earmarked to keep all 149 contract towers open through fiscal year 2013-14, which ends Sept. 30, 2014.
James Jenkins, manager of county Public Relations and Community Affairs of Washington County responded to the news in a press release,
“This new extension through September 30, 2014, is great news; however, Washington County government will continue to work with partners to advocate for the indefinite solution to keep the control tower open.”
For more information, see the full story from the Herald-Mail.