AUSTIN -- Federal budget cuts are now in effect and hitting the nation's airports.
On Sunday the Federal Aviation Administration began enforcing furloughs for its air traffic controllers. Each controller must now take off one day every other week.
“In general, 10 percent of controllers at any facility are on furlough each day,” explained FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford. “Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather related issues.”
Lunsford says Austin won't face the brunt of the delays, but the impact will still affect air travel at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. A single delay at a major airport trickles down. As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, airport officials were tracking 16 delayed flights.
“Out of our total number of flights today, 268, that may not seem like a whole lot, but those flights are important to those passengers, so I really advise passengers to check their flight status before coming out to the airport,” said ABIA spokesman Jim Halbrook.
The FAA says approximately 40 controllers work out of the Austin tower. All of them are subject to the furloughs.
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