FAA: Increase in ‘sick leave’ causing Newark Airport delays
NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays in air travel because of a "slight increase in sick leave" at two East Coast air traffic control facilities.
FAA spokesman Gregory Martin said Friday that it had augmented staffing, rerouted traffic and increased spacing between planes as needed.
LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport were both experiencing delays in takeoffs as well as Philadelphia International Airport.
The staffing problems were at air traffic centers in Jacksonville, Florida and a Washington D.C. center that controls high-altitude air traffic over seven states.
Martin says safety is being maintained during a period of "minimal impacts" on travel.
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