Budget cuts won't force the closure of air traffic control towers during overnight shifts, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.
But the federal agency said it is still uncertain whether it will be forced this summer to close towers operated by contractors at 149 small and medium-size airports, including several in Southern California.
Budget cuts called for by the federal sequestration forced the FAA in April to furlough air traffic controllers for one day every two weeks. The staff cuts led to air travel delays at many of the nation's biggest airports.
To cut more than $600 million from its budget, the FAA said it also planned to close towers at several medium-size airports at night, including L.A./Ontario International Airport, and completely shutter towers operated by contractors at 149 smaller airports, starting June 15.