FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ The only 24-7 air traffic control tower in the Dakotas will stay open through the night, after North Dakota's congressional delegation pleaded with the Federal Aviation Administration to keep the Fargo facility open at all times.
The Hector International Airport tower was on a national list of airport facilities scheduled for a possible reduction in hours of service. Officials say the change would have limited the airport's ability to provide necessary services to the region.
North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer told the FAA that legislation passed to avoid furloughs for air traffic controllers gives the agency the budget flexibility it needs to keep the Fargo facility open 24 hours.