NewsPublic Affairs / January 25, 2019

Indy Airport Experiences Minor Effects From Other Major Airports' Delays

FAA officials said delays were caused by having too few air traffic controllers available for duty as a result of the federal government shutdown.government shutdown, Indianapolis International Airport, air traffic control2019-01-25T00:00:00-05:00
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Indy Airport Experiences Minor Effects From Other Major Airports' Delays

An American Airlines jet, left, waits for a Delta Airlines jet to pass by before following it onto the runway at LaGuardia Airport, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in New York. The Federal Aviation Administration reported delays in air travel Friday because of a "slight increase in sick leave" at two East Coast air traffic control facilities.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

President Donald Trump announced Friday afternoon he has made a deal to temporarily reopen the federal government, but not before air travel took a hit earlier in the day – including out of Indianapolis.

The Federal Aviation Administration flight map showed delays Friday morning for New York’s LaGuardia Airport. FAA officials said those were caused by having too few air traffic controllers available for duty as a result of the shutdown. Philadelphia and Newark, New Jersey had similar delays.

Indianapolis International Airport officials issued a statement and said they were “not seeing a major disruption in flights.”

Airline companies with flights from Indianapolis to locations experiencing delays sent out statements encouraging customers to check airline websites for updates.

The shutdown, which would effectively be paused for three weeks under terms of Friday’s deal, would impact some of the approximately 38,000 federal government employees working in Indiana.

If no permanent deal is reached in that time, another shutdown could begin in February.  

 

 

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