Reports are rolling in that flights at La Guardia Airport are being delayed, due to the partial government shutdown.
Apparently, there are more than 100 flights that have been marked as behind on schedule– and the list is growing. The Federal Aviation Administration tells the Independent that the delays are a result of a lack of staff.
“We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two facilities. We are mitigating the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic and increasing spacing between aircraft when needed.”
The FAA says that some arriving flights to La Guardia could be up to three hours late. They’re urging passengers to check all flights before arriving at the airport, to avoid any inconvenience. In some cases, flights have been completely canceled.
Because of staffing issues at Air Route Traffic Control Centers in Washington DC and Jacksonville, FL, no one knows when the delays and cancellations will end. Both pilots and airlines that they can expect delays to last up until 9 pm on Friday.
Trips taking a beating due to the shutdown include flights coming from Raleigh/Durham, Columbus and Louisville, Pittsburgh, Knoxville, Cleveland, Fort Myers, Chicago, Newark, Washington National, Tampa, and Philadelphia, and flights from Toronto and Montreal. If it continues to be an issue, departing flights could experience delays as well– potentially making passengers wait up to 20 minutes.
JetBlue’s, Robin Hayes, has this to say,
The longer this goes on, the longer it will take for the nation’s air travel infrastructure to rebound.”
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