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LaGuardia Seeing FAA Staffing Issues, ILM Flights Delayed

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jan 25, 2019
Flight schedules on the East Coast were interrupted Friday morning as staffing issues caused the Federal Aviation Administration to briefly stop flights into New York's LaGuardia Airport.

American Airlines's arrival and departure flights to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) were listed as delayed Friday morning, according to ILM's website.

As of 12:25 p.m. Friday, American's afternoon arrival from LGA was experiencing a delay, according to ILM's website.

Gary Broughton, deputy airport director, said ILM is monitoring its afternoon flights to LGA and Philadelphia International Airport, which have also seen reports of similar delays. It is also watching its hub flights, which could see impacts, if they are experience delays with their connections as well, he added.

A tweet from LGA at about 11 a.m. said that due to staffing shortages at Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control centers along the East Coast, major delays are taking place at the airport. 

The FAA announced Friday morning that it has experienced a slight increase in sick leave at two facilities, according to a statement.

The FAA has been experiencing staffing issues since the partial federal government shutdown, which has been in effect for more than a month.

"We are mitigating the impact by augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft when needed," the FAA's statement said.

The FAA is reporting an average delay right now for some of the arriving flights to LGA of 1 hour and 26 minutes.

FAA officials said in the statement that air traffic can be monitored on its website or flyers can check with airlines for more information.

ILM's flight information updates are posted here.
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