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Flights halted, delayed into LaGuardia

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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 11:40 am

The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights departing from LaGuardia Airport Friday morning due to a shortage of air traffic controllers, according to multiple published reports.

The New York Daily News reported that the order took effect at 10 a.m. and also affects some incoming flights.

CNBC reported that incoming flights had been stopped.

A check of the FAA’s National Airspace Systems Status at 11:26 a.m. showed LaGuardia to be experiencing flight delays of approximately 86 minutes. But a screenshot of the same system for 9:49 a.m. New York City time posted on Twitter by @NYCAviation showed LaGuardia operations had been functioning under “ground stop” conditions.

The Washington Post has since reported that the facility now is experiencing delays.

Published reports state Newark-Liberty and Philadelphia airports have been affected as well.

Air traffic controllers are among the federal employees who have been working without pay since Dec. 22 because of the partial government shutdown.

A spokesman for the FAA told the Washington Post that the agency has had “a slight increase in sick leave” at two facilities. 

The FAA press office contacted by the Chronicle has been shuttered since the spokespeople were furloughed.

The Chronicle will be updating this story. 

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