Sunday, April 21, 2013

Airline Insider: 'Not One Airport In Nation Will Be Immune' To Delays From FAA Furloughs

Posted By on Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Flying somewhere soon? Make sure to pack some patience.

Beginning today, the Federal Aviation Administration begins furloughs of some 47,000 employees. The U.S. Department of Transportation says to expect delays, especially at the nation's busiest airports.

CBS News reports that airline industry experts are warning that passengers could see "massive" air travel delays, which could "snowball" by Monday.

"The impact of these cuts on our industry cannot be overstated," said Faye Black, vice president of the Regional Airline Association, which joined the suit. "We think there is not one airport in the nation that will be immune to this."

Federal officials said they must furlough the FAA's 47,000 employees, including nearly 15,000 controllers, in order to cut $637 million from the federal budget by September. That, in effect, reduces the controllers' work by some 10 percent over the next few months.

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