FAA: More Delays at Chicago, Las Vegas, Tampa due to Furloughs

This just in from the Federal Aviation Administration – expect more delays at Chicago’s O’Hare, Las Vegas and Tampa airports.

More Than 1,000 Delays on Tuesday

According to the FAA, Tuesday saw more than 1,025 delays in the system that were attributable to staffing reductions resulting from the furlough.

FAA Statement on Airport Delays

Here is the official government statement:

April 24 – “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.”

What Travelers Can Do

The FAA says it will “continue to work with the airlines throughout the day to try and minimize delays for travelers.” They add that passengers should check with their airlines for flight status, and also check the FAA site.

Another good option is to stay in touch with your airline via social media, especially Twitter.


Published: April 24, 2013