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    (New Haven, CT) – The United States Department of Transportation has determined that the Tweed Regional Airport air traffic control tower, along with 148 other contract control towers across the U.S., will remain open through September 30th.

    The determination was announced today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who said, through a statement, that the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will provide the Federal Aviation Administration with enough funding to keep all 149 contract towers open through the end of the federal fiscal year, which is September 30th.

    Tweed, along with 148 contract air towers across the U.S. were originally slated for closure as a result of sequestration. New Haven and Tweed had appealed the FAA decision to close the contract tower on March 11, 2013. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, jointly signed a letter endorsing Tweed’s appeal of the FAA tower closure, based on the negative impact the closure would close to public safety, the regional economy and national interests. The City of New Haven and Tweed Airport were informed, through a FAA press release that was sent out on March 22nd, that the appeal was denied and, until today’s decision, the Tweed tower was scheduled to be closed on June 15th.

    “I am pleased that with today’s decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation and thankful for the hard work of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy on this issue. If we want to be a first class region, we need government, business and institutional leaders organizing to move grow Tweed and move it forward,” noted Mayor DeStefano.

    Tweed was dedicated on August 29, 1931, as the New Haven Municipal Airport. It was renamed Tweed in 1961 in honor of John H. Tweed, the first manager of the airport. Air service was provided by American Airlines, beginning service in the 1930s, and later by Allegheny Airlines. Tweed Regional airport has approximately 40,000 enplanements and around 70,000 unique flyers each year and is one of the only small airports in New England to have commercial service.

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