Blame the sequester — the Federal Aviation Administration is.
The FAA went back and forth on the decision for days.
CNN reports that Spenser Dickerson, who heads the Contract Tower Association, said the FAA initially said it was going to close towers — and then changed its tune and said it wasn’t. And now the latest news: It is. Those messages all were sent within a five-day period, Mr. Dickerson said to CNN.
The FAA could change its mind yet again.
“We’re extremely discouraged and disappointed that the FAA is taking this action,” Mr. Dickerson said to CNN. “The rest of the FAA’s budget is getting a 5 percent haircut. The contract towers are getting a 75 percent cut because the FAA is cutting 189 of the 251 contract towers.”