FAA SAYS 1,025 FLIGHTS DELAYED DUE TO FURLOUGHS YESTERDAY

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the FAA and received via e-mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.) 
FAA Statement 
April 24, 2013 
As a result of employee furloughs due to sequestration, the FAA
is implementing traffic management initiatives at airports and
facilities around the country. Travelers can expect to see a
wide range of delays that will change throughout the day
depending on staffing and weather related issues. For example,
the FAA is experiencing staffing challenges at the Miami and Los
Angeles En Route Centers, the Tampa TRACON, and Chicago O’Hare
and Tampa Towers. Controllers will space planes farther apart so
they can manage traffic with current staff, which will lead to
delays at airports including Chicago O’Hare, Las Vegas and
Tampa. The FAA also expects delays at a number of other airports
because of weather and winds. 
The FAA will continue to work with the airlines throughout the
day to try and minimize delays for travelers. We encourage all
travelers to check their flight status and also to visit
fly.faa.gov for the latest airport delay information. 
Yesterday more than 1,025 delays in the system were attributable
to staffing reductions resulting from the furlough. There were
more than 975 additional delays as a result of weather and other
factors. 
Contact: Laura J. Brown
Phone: (202) 267-3883 
(sgp) NY 
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