FAA Cancels Furloughs, Says Air Traffic to Be Normal Sunday Evening
The Federal Aviation Administration said that it had suspended all employee furloughs effective immediately. Staffing will begin to return to regular levels and the nation’s air traffic should return to normal by Sunday evening.
The move follows approval of legislation by both the House of Representatives and Senate that allowed the agency to reallocate money within its budget so it could discontinue the highly-publicized furloughs of air-traffic controllers that started last Sunday.
Across the nation, airports were experiencing significantly fewer delays on Saturday compared to yesterday or Thursday. Approximately 1,120 flights were experiencing delays at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Thurday, according to data provided by FlightStats, a flight tracking service. The total number of delayed flights on Friday was 5,876. On Thursday, that figure was 6,710.
San Francisco International Airport was reporting the highest number of delays at 2 p.m., with 78 arrival delays and 32 departure delays. Chicago-O’Hare, Newark-Liberty, and Los Angeles International reported 54, 48, and 46 arrival delays respectively.
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