FAA furlough delays not hitting Atlanta's airport

7:46 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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  • Minimal delays at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Arriving passengers at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Control tower at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

ATLANTA - An understrength Federal Aviation Administration did have an impact on commercial airline flights Monday, but apparently not as severe as some predicted.

The FAA is operating with about 10% fewer air traffic controllers thanks to a one day furlough every other week imposed by $637-million in sequestration budget cuts.

Delays of over an hour were reported on some flights at New York, Newark, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., but not widespread.

For most of the day the world's busiest airport reported nearly normal delays, averaging no more than 15 minutes.

Later in the day there were some longer delays at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson, mostly to and from the airports cited above, but most flights ran on time or with minimal problems.

Most incoming passengers said they had no difficulty getting here.

"We flew in from Philadelphia and we had no delays; normally Philly can be quite notorious for delays," Ellen Johnston told 11 Alive News.

"We were coming from the Chicago Midway airport and we had about an hour delay," Paul Jacobs told 11 Alive.

He said the flight crew told passengers it was because of the FAA furloughs.

Fortunately, weather was not a factor in most of the country on Monday, except for high winds in New York, snow in Denver and thunderstorms in Miami.

The FAA said up to 1 in 3 air passengers could eventually experience flight delays, especially if the budget standoff between the President and Congress continues to drag on.

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