Update: Furloughs continue to create airport delays

Furloughs continue to create airport delays

FAA Statement (April 24th) - As a result of employee furloughs due to sequestration, the FAA is implementing traffic management initiatives at airports and facilities around the country. Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather related issues. For example, the FAA is experiencing staffing challenges at the Miami and Los Angeles En Route Centers, the Tampa TRACON, and Chicago O'Hare and Tampa Towers. Controllers will space planes farther apart so they can manage traffic with current staff, which will lead to delays at airports including Chicago O'Hare, Las Vegas and Tampa. The FAA also expects delays at a number of other airports because of weather and winds.

The FAA will continue to work with the airlines throughout the day to try and minimize delays for travelers. We encourage all travelers to check their flight status and also to visit fly.faa.gov for the latest airport delay information.

Yesterday more than 1,025 delays in the system were attributable to staffing reductions resulting from the furlough. There were more than 975 additional delays as a result of weather and other factors

 

 


 

FAA Statement:

As a result of employee furloughs due to sequestration, the FAA is implementing traffic management initiatives at airports and facilities around the country. Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather related issues. For example, the FAA is experiencing staffing challenges at the New York and Los Angeles En Route Centers and at the Dallas-Ft. Worth and Las Vegas TRACONs. Controllers will space planes farther apart so they can manage traffic with current staff, which will lead to delays at airports including DFW, Las Vegas and LAX. The FAA also expects delays at Newark and LaGuardia because of weather and winds.

The FAA will continue to work with the airlines throughout the day to try and minimize delays for travelers. We encourage all travelers to check their flight status and also to visit fly.faa.gov for the latest airport delay information.

Yesterday more than 1,200 delays in the system were attributable to staffing reductions resulting from the furlough. There were more than 1,400 additional delays as a result of weather and other factors.

 


FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Travelers must continue to pack their patience before heading to the airport on Tuesday. About 10 percent of air traffic controllers have been furloughed, and that could mean delays at DFW International Airport and other airports across the country.

 

Fliers started feeling the federal government's budget pinch on Sunday and Monday, as about 3,200 flights were canceled nationwide. Sequestration cuts hit the Federal Aviation Administration and nearly 15,000 air traffic controllers are being forced to take days off without pay to help with $600 million in budget cuts.

DFW Airport is actually faring better than most others across the country, with only about 10 canceled and 80 delayed flights so far. But as summer travel heats up, there will be more people and more waiting.

Transportation authorities said that they did not have any other choice, but others think that reasonable cuts could have been made elsewhere. The pilots union and several other groups are among those trying to stop the furloughs. Their plan is to sue the FAA and seek help from Congress.


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