Sequestration to cause flight delays from April, warns DOT

Victoria
By Victoria February 23, 2013 11:02

Sequestration to cause flight delays from April, warns DOT

The US transportation secretary Ray LaHood and FAA administrator Michael Huerta have warned airlines, airports and others that pending budget cuts, known as sequestration, will force the agency to reduce air traffic control (ATC) service levels this year that could cause flight delays “of up to 90 minutes” at major US airports during peak hours from April.
The FAA is being forced to cut its spending by $600 million that “may reduce the efficiency of the national airspace in order to maintain the highest safety standards,” wrote LaHood and Huerta.
The FAA intends to furlough its 47,000 employees for 1-2 days per two-week pay period, close more than 100 ATC towers at smaller airports and reduce preventative maintenance and equipment provisioning and support for all [national airspace] equipment.

Victoria
By Victoria February 23, 2013 11:02
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