LA Times- A week after federal officials launched job furloughs at air traffic control towers, the controllers are back on a regular work schedule — and airline delays are now caused primarily by severe weather.
The number of delays over the week averaged about 5,800 per day, according to a report from Flightstats.com, a website that monitors flight delays. The greatest number of delays came last Monday, April 22, when slightly more than 7,000 flights were delayed, according to Flightstats.
Bloomberg- Air-traffic controller furloughs were suspended yesterday as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration acted on legislation designed to work around across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in last month.
“Air traffic facilities will begin to return to regular staffing levels over the next 24 hours and the system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening,” Transportation Department spokesman Justin Nisly said in an e-mailed statement.
NBC News- The House approved the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013″ Friday – just before the start of a week-long congressional recess — to keep furloughed air traffic controllers and other FAA employees on the job and make sure more flights are on time.
The Senate unanimously approved the measure on Thursday night after a week where the FAA blamed thousands of delayed flights on air traffic controllers it furloughed Sunday to meet sequester cuts.
Travel Weekly – This week, the industry got its first taste of flight delays caused by furloughing FAA employees to meet sequester budget cuts. But it turned out that despite a lot of finger-pointing and politicking, gauging the exact impact of the cuts came down to a bit of guesswork.
That uncertainty didn’t stop the airlines from blaming the FAA for what delays there were or from lobbying the DOT to suspend consumer-friendly tarmac-delay rules.
The Denver Post – While federally mandated furloughs are beginning to impact air travel, conflicting reports are leaving Denver passengers confused as to whether this is actually an “airport armageddon” or just a “sequestration scare story.”
The Federal Aviation Administration’s furloughs, which are a result of the government’s budget constraints, require air traffic controllers to take one unpaid day off every two weeks.