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Guesswork used to determine furlough-related flight delays

TravelWeeklyTravel 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.

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Effect of FAA furloughs impacting Denver flights

Denver-PostThe 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.

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YOUR MONEY-Flight delayed due to furloughs? Here’s what to do

CNBCCNBC – Furloughs of air traffic controllers because of U.S. government spending cuts are leading to flight delays and cancelations.

The Federal Aviation Agency logged 1,200 delays related to the sequester on Monday and 1,025 on Tuesday – in addition to 1,400 and 975 delays for other more usual reasons such as bad weather or aircraft maintenance problems on those days.

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FAA Furloughs Mean ‘Sporadic’ Delays At CLT

WFAE90.7WFAE- Passengers at the Charlotte airport can expect short delays to be an ongoing but somewhat random problem. Delays have increased since the Federal Aviation Administration started furloughing workers Sunday because of the sequester.

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Furloughs cause airport delays

CNNMoneyCNN 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.

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