Wall Street Journal – The sting of federal government budget cuts has made its way to America’s airports. Air traffic controllers are being sent home on unpaid leave to meet $637 million in budget-cutting targets at the Federal Aviation Administration. The result, as many expected, is more flight delays.
Wall Street Journal – Is it sequestration or storms? Both. Airline flight delays were up yesterday, and the Federal Aviation Administration did temporarily ground some takeoffs because of staffing issues. Those short-term delays resulted from furloughs that the FAA imposed on air-traffic controllers because of budget cuts.
Business Insider – On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began furloughing all of its 47,000 employees for one day of work every other week, to meet spending cuts mandated by the sequestration.
The FAA has warned passengers to expect delays, as a reduced number of air traffic controllers will space flights further apart to allow them to manage traffic safely.
Sky Talk – Flightstats.com, a website that keeps track of real-time flight data, said there were almost 7,000 flights delayed on Monday and another 400 flights cancelled.
The airport with the highest number of delays was New York’s LaGuardia Airport. More than half of its flights, 52.67 percent were delayed on Monday.
Los Angeles Times – On Monday, the first business day after budget cuts forced the furlough of air traffic controllers, the on-time performance of the nation’s airlines dropped nearly 10%.
That was a finding based on statistics compiled by Flightstats.com, a website that monitors airline performance rates.