Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Growing delays after flights to, from LaGuardia halted due to staffing issues

Growing delays after flights to, from LaGuardia halted due to staffing issues

Representatives from the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which oversees LaGuardia and Newark airports, as well as Philadelphia International Airport, also did not immediately return a request for comment.

The delays come as a partial government shutdown threatens to undermine the nation's air travel system. The Transportation Security Administration said that 7.6 percent of its airport screeners scheduled to work Thursday did not show up, down from last Sunday's peak of 10 percent, but more than double the 3 percent absence rate of the comparable day past year.

Incoming flights to New York's LaGuardia Airport were delayed due to staffing issues Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration said, as the us government shutdown drags into its 35th day. "We are mitigating the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic and increasing spacing between aircraft when needed", the FAA said.

At the center in Leesburg, Virginia, six of the 13 controllers scheduled to work Friday were absent. "They are driving as a taxi on the way home from work, on the way to work, in the hours in between the shifts", said Mick Devine, the New England regional vice-president of the National Air Traffic Controller Association.

"The results have been minimal impacts to efficiency while maintaining consistent levels of safety in the national airspace system", Martin said in an emailed statement.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, his spokeswoman said.


Just after 11 a.m., the FAA posted on its website that Orlando was among major airports - including Miami and Atlanta - experiencing delays because flights were being held at their gates. "We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA".

Another traveler, Alberto Moreno of Portland, was headed to Miami, with a layover in Philadelphia."I live here, but I don't fly too much", he said. Gilbert said her union and others have been predicting that the inevitable result of the shutdown would be air travel disruptions and she suggested it will get worse. "I travel every week, and nothing surprises me".

According to a poll conducted by airfarewatchdog.com, 62 percent of flyers said they were concerned about their safety during the shutdown, while 47 percent responded that they believe airlines should be required to pay for private security during the pause in government funding. I'm relieved it is finally coming to an end so people can go back to work and get paid for the work they've done.

Air Canada posted a statement on its website notifying customers that flights into Newark and LaGuardia are affected by air-traffic-control restrictions and that it is waiving the fee to rebook a seat.

Rinaldi added, however, that the union has warned about the possible effects of a long government shutdown. "This is a most unfortunate situation that our [air traffic control] partners find themselves in and it's our hope that the parties involved can resolve the situation as quickly as possible", Ms. Stewart said. Roughly 380,000 federal workers have been furloughed and 420,000 are working without pay ー they missed their second paycheck on Friday.

At Pearson airport in Toronto, at least 12 flights to the U.S by Air Canada, American, West Jet, and Delta were delayed by noon Friday, and another 7 cancelled. He says he "loves and respects" federal workers and appreciates the work they do. TSA would not to reveal callout rates for individual airports.

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