Congress Votes To End Air Traffic Controller Furloughs As Delays Begin At SFO

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KCBS) – Furlough-related flight delays began at San Francisco International Airport Friday morning, airport officials said, on the same day Congress moved to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.

The House approved legislation Friday ending the furloughs that have delayed hundreds of flights daily, one day after the Senate agreed to the bill.

The Federal Aviation Administration furloughed the controllers as part of the government-wide, $85 billion spending cuts called the sequester.

Earlier Friday, the FAA  put its ground delay program in effect at SFO because there were fewer air traffic controllers on the job than usual.

The SFO duty manager was unable to say many controllers were not working Friday morning. Delays of less than thirty minutes were reported.

Furlough-related delays were reported at New York’s La Guardia Airport, Boston’s Logan Airport and the airports in Philadelphia and Tampa.

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