Hawaii tower once on FAA cut list to stay open

HONOLULU (AP) – An Oahu air traffic control tower once slated for closure under automatic budget cuts for the Federal Aviation Administration will now remain open.

Kalaeloa Airport in Kapolei was not among the 149 slated for closure in lists released Friday by the FAA.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D- Hawaii urged FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a letter this month to keep air traffic operations open at Kalaeloa to help the U.S. Coast Guard, Hawaii Air National Guard and commercial flights.

Hirono told Huerta that the airport supports Hawaii as a key hub for military and travel between other U.S. states and Asia.