Flights Into New York’s LaGuardia Airport Halted Due to Shutdown – FAA

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The flights have been halted amid a US government shutdown that resulted in shortages of staff.

The Federal Aviation Administration halted flights to LaGuardia Airport in New York on Friday after air traffic control staff shortages.

In addition, flights have been delayed in Philadelphia and Newark, the official body said on its website.

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The administration said in a statement that it has been witnessing an increase in the number of workers taking sick leave.

“We have experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting New York and Florida. As with severe storms, we will adjust operations to a safe rate to match available controller resources. We’ve mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed,” the FAA said. 

Following the reports, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sander stated that the US authorities were “monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports,” and were “in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA.”

Commenting on the situation in the airport later in the day, Delta Air Lines said that it was experiencing about 200 flight delays after a staffing shortage at two air traffic control facilities due to the ongoing partial US government shutdown caused a temporary ground stop…

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