CNN Money- Flight delays are here.
Just like the government warned a few months ago, air travelers have started experiencing late flights caused by forced federal spending cuts. On Monday afternoon, all three New York City-area airports reported delays for all incoming flights, in part because fewer air traffic controllers reported for duty as they were forced to take unpaid time off, according to unions and airline trade groups.
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.