FAA Halts Flights To NY's Laguardia Airport Due To Air Traffic Control Shortage

The FAA said on its website that travelers can expect delays of about 40 minutes for affected flights.

New York’s LaGuardia Airport saw some flights halted by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday morning, with the agency citing air traffic controller shortages as the cause, according to NBC News.

On its website, the FAA said some travelers can expect delays of about 40 minutes and recommended checking the site to determine which flights are affected.

The shortages, due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, are also causing delays at other airports on the east coast, including Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Philadelphia International Airport, NBC reported.

The shutdown is now in its 35th day, with no apparent end in sight.

In a statement, the FAA said it has “experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two air traffic control facilities affecting New York and Florida” and has “mitigated the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed.”

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