Two N.J. air traffic control towers to close due to sequester cuts

    Pilots flying the friendly skies out of the Trenton-Mercer and Essex County airports, will be a little lonelier come next month.

    According to The Star Ledger, the air traffic control towers at these two hubs are now slated to close – “the latest victims of the federal sequestration budget cuts.”

    Essex and Trenton-Mercer are just two of the 200 airports told that in an effort to cut costs by the FAA, their control towers would close in April. Overnight shifts are also being eliminated at 73 other medium-sized airports, including Atlantic City International.

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    Sequestration has left the FAA with $600 million in automatic budget cuts and just a few weeks to make final decisions as to which of the airport towers will ultimately be closed.

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