The Federal Aviation Agency announced Friday that beginning April 7, it will close 149 regional airport control towers due to automatic budget cuts signed into law known as sequestration.
“We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers and these were very tough decisions,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “Unfortunately we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration.”
The FAA is required to find $637 million in cuts under the law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. The closures will be phased in across a period of four weeks starting April 7. A full list of closures can be found here.