Need to Know: U.S. air traffic furloughs ending
As reported today in major media, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved legislation — the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 — to divert funding from other areas of the government to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to end the furloughs that began on April 21, 2013.
Numerous flight delays at major U.S. airports over the past week have been attributed to the FAA staffing reductions. Once President Obama signs the bill into law, $253 million will become available for air traffic controller salaries and expenses. However, it may take time for the FAA to adjust air traffic controller schedules, so airport delays may not see immediate relief.
Air traffic control tower at Washington Reagan National.
(Photo credit: dbking via Wikimedia Commons)
As previously communicated, significant U.S. government spending cuts, known as sequestration, took effect March 1, 2013, and impacted budgets for the FAA, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CWT continues to monitor this situation and any ongoing impact to travel, and continues to recommend that travelers check flight status, security wait times, and airport status prior to their flights. As always, CWT travel counselors will be available to assist impacted travelers as necessary.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact your CWT representative.