ACI-NA Concerned About Impact of Controller Furloughs

Beginning this Sunday, FAA will begin furloughing air traffic controller at facilities across the United States as part of budget cuts mandated under sequestration. These furloughs could result in reduced National Airspace System capacity and increased passenger delays.

“ACI-NA is very concerned about significant delays and passenger inconvenience that could occur beginning this Sunday because of air traffic controller furloughs,” said Christopher Oswald, ACI-NA’s Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs. “Based on information provided by FAA, we are particularly concerned that other factors, including bad weather, could make delays even worse.”

“ACI-NA is working closely with our members, the airlines, FAA, and other government agencies to ensure that airports have the most up-to-date information so they can be well prepared to respond to  passengers’ needs,” Oswald continued.. “As they do during severe storms and other disruptive events, airports are standing ready to assist passengers whose travel plans are disrupted by sequestration-related furloughs."

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Airports Council International - North America represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  More than 350 aviation-related businesses are also members of the association, which is the largest of the five worldwide regions of Airports Council International.