Traveler's feel delayed flight effects
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:35:45 GMT —
The Federal Aviation Administration's decision to cut back hours for air traffic control employees is starting to have an impact on travel.
The effects can be seen nation wide, and even though Cherry Capital Airport is not being directly impacted by these cuts just yet, they are already seeing the delays coming from other airports.
On Thursday morning Cherry Capital Airport only saw two big delays. Both of them were going to Chicago and were delayed by nearly one hour. A trend that airport officials say could hit harder as the days go on.
"The furloughs began less than a week ago so we're just starting to feel the effects and starting to understand what it is so it's really too early to tell what the outcome will be," said Cherry Capital Airport Director, Kevin Klein.
Cherry Capital Airport sees about six flights a day to and from Chicago. Airport officials say that the flights during peak flying hours are the ones that are most likely to be delayed.
Klein say that the busiest airports in the country like Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, and New York, are being hit the hardest, while having to operate at the busy times without any extra help. In order to maintain safety, Klein says that airports are requiring more space in between flights, causing the heavy back ups.
"So far so good here, but time will tell," says Klein. "It's time for our congress and leaders to get back together and resolve these sequestration issues because it's going to affect our nations transportations system as a whole and it needs to be resolved because it affects our overall economy."
Larger airports are also seeing backups at their security stops due to cuts too. Officials at Cherry Capital Airport say that they are still running smoothly without the delays.
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