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April 24, 2013

FAA says 1,025 delays on Monday due to staffing problems

The Federal Aviation Administration said there were 1,025 delays on Monday due to the staffing problems with the furloughs of air traffic controllers.

Delays are expected on Tuesday at Miami, Los Angeles, Tampa, Chicago O'Hare and Las Vegas.

Here is the statement from the FAA:

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.

 -Andrea Ahles


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melvin freedman

As a pvt pilot fr over 40yrs I know that airworthyness(safety)is #1, and I know that oversight is a must in aviation, I also know that the AVIAT INDUSTRY is also to blame for the actions of the faa, (untouchablefaa).

David L

I personally am very dissapointed in the FAA's and DOT's leadership. Mr. Huerta and Mr. LaHood are either playing politics and being used by the administration for political gain or are beholden to the Federal Employee Unions. Or both. The Mission of the FAA is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA values as stated on their website are... Safety is our passion. Excellence is our promise. Integrity is our touchstone. People are our strength. Innovation is our signiture. The FAA employs 47,000 people and a budget of 15.7 billion. Explain to me how furloughing air traffic controllers and closing 149 towers is the correct response to a budget "crisis" and falls under the scope of their mission or value statement. Mr. LaHood and Mr. Huerta need to remember who they work for and what their priorities should be.

Richard L. Oberdorfee

Remember in the early 80s prior to Reagan firing the striking controllers, the controllers engaged in an air traffic slowdown by increasing separation between aircraft. The difference now is the slowdown benifits both the union and the political agenda of the President.

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