The Federal Aviation Administration has committed to funding air traffic control tower operations at the airport in Bloomington through September. The move comes after Congressional Action to allow the FAA flexibility in deciding where sequester related cuts are to come. Central Illinois Regional Airport officials and Senator Dick Durbin say this will prevent interruption in services including weather reporting, airfield equipment maintenance and operation, and air and ground control for the airlines. Had the cuts remained, CIRA would have picked up the cost on its own, but that would have increased the annual operating budget by 22% and Durbin says perhaps lead to higher fares. Durbin says the overnight shift at the Peoria International Airport control tower has also been spared.
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