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TxDOT approves funding for air traffic control services

The Texas Transportation Commission approved funding Thursday to pay for the continued operations of air traffic control towers at 14 airports in Texas. TxDOT says 21 percent of aircraft depart and land at these airports that were scheduled to close.

Cuts in federal funding for 149 air traffic control services nationwide are scheduled to begin in phases starting next week.

"Safety is our top priority and I am glad we're able to keep these critical air traffic control services operating," said Texas Transportation Commissioner Fred Underwood. "As a pilot, I know firsthand how critical these services are to the safety of air traffic."

$2 million will be given to 14 airports for 90 days, including: New Braunfels (BAZ); Brownsville (BRO); Easterwood Field College Station (CLL); TSTC Waco (CNW); Lone Star Executive Houston (CXO); Georgetown Muni (GTU); San Marcos Muni (HYI); Dallas Executive (RBD); Sugarland Regional  (SGR); Stinson Muni San Antonio (SSF); Collin County Regional (TKI); Tyler Pounds Regional (TYR); Texarkana (TXK) ; and Victoria Regional (VCT).

"I applaud the commission for taking this action as it was the right thing to do for Texas," said TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson.

TxDOT says that air traffic control towers help guide more than 65,000 flights each month at Texas municipal airports.

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