Tampa International Airport monitoring delays as FAA furloughs continue

TAMPA — Few flight delays were reported at Tampa International Airport as of Tuesday afternoon, two days after air traffic controllers across the country were forced to take furloughs.

As of 4 p.m., 15 departing flights and 12 arriving flights had been delayed. The average delay was less than an hour.

A day earlier , more than 100 flights were delayed at the airport, some of them for several hours, said Tampa International spokeswoman Janet Zink — but it was unclear how many were caused by the furloughs and how many by weather.

Zink said employees' workloads have increased since the furloughs.

"(The number of ) flights are the same, so they have to do the same amount of work with fewer people," Zink said. "Nobody is canceling flights at this point. The planes are flying on their regular schedules."

Federal Aviation Administration officials furloughed 47,000 employees, including 15,000 controllers, to manage budget cuts.

Across the country, other major airports were experiencing significant delays, including those in New York, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

Tampa International Airport monitoring delays as FAA furloughs continue 04/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:33pm]

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