The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it will not be closing air traffic control towers next months after budget cuts threatened the closure of 149 towers including the one at Wheeling Ohio County Airport.
Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) issued the following statement after the decision was made:
"This is great for the state of West Virginia and the First Congressional District," said Rep. McKinley. "When it was announced the closure of these air traffic control towers would take place in June, it was nothing more that political maneuvering and posturing. This had nothing to do with wasteful spending and duplicity in government. The decision by the FAA proves political decisions can have a devastating effect on communities like Wheeling and Parkersburg by putting Americans at risk to make a political point."