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Staff Shortages Trigger Flight Delays at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

The FAA is delaying flights by more than 40 minutes at LaGuardia. The move is designed to slow down the air traffic for safety reasons to account for staffing shortages.

By NTK Staff | 01.25.2019 @11:12am
Staff Shortages Trigger Flight Delays at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

Enough air traffic controllers have called in sick to trigger significant airline delays in the Northeast on day 35 of the partial government shutdown. Friday marked the second pay day in which air traffic controllers received no compensation.

In order to address the staff shortage, the Federal Aviation Administration delayed flights at New York’s LaGuardia airport Friday morning. Newark’s Liberty International and Philadelphia International Airport also reported delays, according to NBC News.

At publication time, flights at LaGuardia were being delayed nearly an hour and a half, while Newark flight delays were about 57 minutes. Chicago and Atlanta airports also posted delays for all flights.

Flight Delays

A statement from the FAA stressed that the delays are a safety precaution:

“We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting New York and Florida,” according to a statement from the FAA. “As with severe storms, we will adjust operations to a safe rate to match available controller resources. We’ve mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed. The results have been minimal impacts to efficiency while maintaining consistent levels of safety in the national airspace system.”

Yahoo! News’ Evan Klapper also noted that air traffic continues to flow throughout the country, but at a slower rate because of the number of employees who have called in sick.

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