Expect flight slowdowns at LAX beginning Sunday

tower2.jpgThat's when the FAA begins to implement furloughs involving its air traffic controllers, the result of broad spending cuts otherwise known as sequestration. Arrivals at LAX will drop to 48 an hour from 80, a 40 percent cut, the WSJ is reporting. Departures are also expected to be affected, especially if the destination is a major U.S. airport, such as JFK, Newark, O'Hare, and La Guardia. Aircraft will be held until space opens up on the other end. (this sometimes happens when the weather is bad). Other airports expected to run into problems are Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami and SF. From the Journal:

The Federal Aviation Administration has warned airlines that air-traffic controller furloughs scheduled to start Sunday as part of broad federal spending cuts could cause delays affecting nearly 7,000 flights a day in and out of more than a dozen major U.S. airports, said people familiar with the matter. David Grizzle, chief operating officer of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, met Tuesday with operations managers of major airlines, these people said. He said the furloughs--FAA employees must take off one day per 10 work days without pay--will be applied uniformly across all FAA facilities, according to a memo prepared after the briefing by Airlines for America, an industry group.

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