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Airlines and Pilots Union Sue the FAA to Stop Air-Traffic Control Furloughs

| April 20, 2013 | 5 Comments
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The airlines are suing to FAA…

The nations largest airlines are seeking a federal court order stop the furloughs of air-traffic controllers, whose absences from the job could lead to major flight delays starting next week.

Furloughs scheduled to start Sunday are part of how the FAA has sought to handle across-the-board spending cuts required by Congress.

Federal officials estimate that about a third of all passengers will face delays, with up to 6,700 flights arriving late at more than a dozen major airports each day. By contrast, on the worst travel day of 2012, when severe weather crippled the system, about 3,000 flights were delayed.

An FAA analysis released this week predicted fewer controllers will mean major delays at some of the nation’s busiest airports.

The airline group, Airlines for America, which represents the biggest U.S. carriers, was joined in the move to halt the furloughs Friday by the Air Line Pilots Association and the Regional Airline Association, which represents many of the small carriers that many travelers fly each day.

The suit seeks a 30-day postponement of furloughs to allow Congress to approve legislation preventing the need for furloughs.

“The FAA plan is simply irresponsible and unnecessary,” said Nicholas Calio, chief executive of Airlines for America. “This doesn’t make any sense.”

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  1. Richard Wyeroski says:

    FAA says safety is not compromised. The Experts say we can expect 200 killed in mid-air collisions because of the 149 tower closings!

    WHO IS RIGHT?

  2. Mike S says:

    GOOD JOB, SOMEBODY HAS TO STAND UP TO THIS LUNACY THAT IS BEING INFLICTED ON THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY/PUBLIC BY OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS/GOVT AGENCIES

    THANK YOU

    MSJ

    • Exuma Guy says:

      The ‘lunacy’ has been happening for decades now. Allowing our duly elected government to borrow money that we the people have no chance of ever paying back is shear outright lunacy. Now it’s time to pay the piper and we the people are finally starting to realize the idiocy of the scheme driving a once great country into bankruptcy.

      Smile, because things WILL get worse. And maybe learn about procedures when using an uncontrolled airport.

  3. Richard Wyeroski says:

    The politicians are playing with fire. Some airports must have a control tower because of the traffic mix. Laying off controllers will cause more risk.

    The flying public will suffer and it is all a political game. The sad part it is supported by the White House.

  4. Brian M says:

    This the game the Govt. plays when they face responsibility. They threaten public sensitive cuts to get a response,not because there aren’t real wasteful things they could trim. Only in Washington is a freeze on a spending outlay considered a cut. See how much Govt. money goes to a place like Harvard as an example, while they sit on a 34 billion dollar endowment. It comes down to priorities,and you see where the Govt.’s are.

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