F.A.A. continues funding of Lewiston airport tower

LEWISTON, ID - The Nez-Perce County Regional Air Traffic Control Tower will remain open through the end of the fiscal year.

The federal Aviation Administration will continue funding all 149 contract towers, which were originally scheduled to close this spring due to federal budget cuts. Congress passed legislation in late April to keep the towers open and halt staffing cuts at low-traffic airports.

In a statement just released Friday, Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say, "We believed the FAA had the necessary funds to keep our nation's airports fully staffed and running. It was unfortunate they initially took a different approach and caused community leaders in Idaho unnecessary headaches until congress stepped in."

All contract towers will remain open at least through September 30th, the end of the federal budget year.