Flights delayed at major East Coast airports as sequester-related furloughs begin
From The Washington Post 22 April 2013 -
Flights delayed at major East Coast airports as sequester-related furloughs begin.
Passengers at major East Coast airports faced delays Monday, the first business day of sequester-related air-traffic controller furloughs. Whether the slowdown would ripple through the aviation system was unclear by midday.
The challenge of handing an average of 23,000 planes a day with fewer controllers was compounded by high winds at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, where spacing out planes for safety led to delays of more than 90 minutes for arriving flights.
Air traffic controller furloughs scheduled to kick in on Sunday could result in flight delays of more than three hours in Atlanta, as well as significant delays in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York-area airports, federal officials said Thursday.
By 9:30 a.m., the delays that surfaced at the New York area airports had spread to hub airports in Philadelphia and Charlotte. At Washington’s Reagan National Airport, some New York-bound flights were delayed.About 1,500 controllers — 10 percent of the Federal Aviation Administration’s controller workforce — were required to take an unpaid day off Monday. Additional furloughs of Transportation Security Administration workers were causing peak-hour backups at security checkpoints, and passengers aboard inbound international flights faced 30-minute delays clearing short-staffed customs stations at Dulles International Airport.
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