Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

FAA: Flights delayed at major U.S. airports due to staffing

FAA: Flights delayed at major U.S. airports due to staffing

New York-area airports - specifically Newark International and LaGuardia International - appeared to be impacted the most with the longest reported delays, according to the FAA's tracking website.

"We've mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed", the FAA told Bloomberg in an emailed statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration's restrictions on traffic into and out of New York's LaGuardia Airport have trickled down to Bangor International Airport, causing delays on Friday's flights between Bangor and LaGuardia.

The White House said spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the delays and "we are monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports". Martin said safety is being maintained during a period of "minimal impacts" on travel.

During the shutdown, an estimated 800,000 government employees are working without pay, with around 51,000 of them being TSA agents and over 22,000 of them employed by Air Traffic Control, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal workers have not been paid during the shutdown, which has lasted over a month. He says he "loves and respects" federal workers and appreciates the work they do.

Fliers can check delays at fly.faa.gov and they should check with airline carriers for more information.

Trump said on Friday he had reached a deal with US lawmakers for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end the budget stalemate with Democrats.

Air traffic workers are making "routine mistakes" due to high levels of stress caused by the shutdown, Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told CNN on Wednesday night.

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The shutdown has meant some federal staff, like air traffic controllers, have been working without pay.

Another traveler, Alberto Moreno of Portland, was headed to Miami, with a layover in Philadelphia."I live here, but I don't fly too much", he said. "We are here to say end the shutdown, stand with these folks and stand with us as a nation to end the shutdown", said Norton, while standing among other union members calling for an end to the government shutdown.

On Thursday, three major US airlines - American Airlines Group Inc, Southwest Airlines Co and JetBlue Airways Corp - said the impact of the shutdown on their business had so far been limited but was nearing a tipping point. TSA would not reveal callout rates for individual airports.

The situation is nearly certain to get worse the longer aviation workers go without paychecks.

"At this point, we don't anticipate significant schedule disruptions, but it is another good illustration of the escalating impact of the government shutdown and the need for the federal government to promptly re-open", the United statement read.

The FAA said that travelers should check with their departure airport to see if they may be affected.

On Thursday, JetBlue Airways Corp.

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