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Delays hit major US airports as control tower furloughs kick in

Published on Apr 22, 2013 1:13 PM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Travellers waited more than an hour for flights in New York and experienced delays at other US airports as furloughs of air traffic controllers began, reducing the ability of busy hubs to handle arrivals and departures, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The furloughs that started on Sunday reduced staffing by 10 per cent across the country.

Last week the FAA warned of delays up to 3-1/2 hours at some airports as the agency cuts spending to meet reductions required under federal budget cuts.

New York's LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports reported delays of more than an hour, and Philadelphia international airport also reported delays due to furloughs, the FAA said.

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