On Saturday, American Airlines warned its passengers that flights may be delayed, starting this week as the Federal Aviation Administration begins furloughing air traffic controllers.
American specifically mentions New York's JFK, Newark, Chicago O'Hare, Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco airports where budget cuts and ground delay programs could hurt the carrier's operations.
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, American's headquarter hub, is not mentioned as one of the airports that could be hurt by federal government budget sequestration cuts.
Here's the carrier's statement:
As a result of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sequestration budget cuts that took effect on March 1, American Airlines and American Eagle are urging customers to check their flight status on AA.com before departing for the airport tomorrow, Sunday, April 21. Unfortunately, the FAA has not yet provided specific details to the airlines, making it difficult to communicate exactly how customers will be affected. However, we will make every effort to communicate with our customers as information becomes available.
Airports in the American network that will most likely be affected tomorrow by the sequestration cuts and ground delay programs implemented by the FAA are New York Kennedy (JFK), Newark (EWR), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and San Francisco (SFO). Additionally, other airports in the American network that could be potentially affected by FAA's actions are New York La Guardia (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN). In addition to ground delay programs, the FAA could also implement airspace flow programs that could affect any flight.