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Sequester Will Close Towers At Six Airports In State

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Air Traffic Control Tower (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Air Traffic Control Tower (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation say the budget cuts required by the sequester which took effect Friday will mean closing of six air traffic control towers in Connecticut in a month.

A release from Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy,  and Representatives John Larson, Joe Courtney,  Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty says the Federal Aviation Administration informed them today that the funding for the towers may be terminated April 7.

The affected airports are Hartford’s Brainard,  Tweed-New Haven , Groton-New London, Sikorsky in Stratford, Waterbury-Oxford and Danbury Municipal.

Their statement says it will affect local economies that rely on the airports, and is “entirely preventable.”

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