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April 22, 2013

American warns travelers of possible delays because of FAA budget cuts

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.

-Andrea Ahles

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Comments

TiredOfPanderingANDREA

Yeah, blame your incompetence on the FAA.

whitey

OH BOY!AMERICAN HAS ANOTHER JUSTIFIABLE EXCUSE TO THERE ONTIME PERFORMANCE! ANYTHING TO MAKE THEM LOOK INOCENT. IT,S TO BAD THAT DOUG PARKER KEPT THE NAME AMERICAN. HOPE THATS NOT HIS DOWNFALL. THE NAME AMERICAN AIRLINES SHOULD HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED BACK IN THE LATE 70,S WHEN THEY WERE ON THE VERGE OF LIQUIDATION!

Whitey is DC8 and TOPA is a moron

Funny, I received the same message from Delta and United. Why aren't you apes saying anything about them? Oh yeah, you're two disgruntled employee/former employees.

HAHA. What a couple of maroons.

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