April 21, 2013
Fears that furloughs of air traffic controllers by the Federal Aviation Administration would result in massive flight delays or cancellations are turning out to be unfounded as the cutbacks kick in.
Information from the FAA and others shows that flying Sunday was largely uneventful, with most flights on time. There were delays in parts of Florida, but those were caused by thunderstorms. There were some non-weather delays at New York airports, but they couldn't be directly attributed to the furloughs.
Government budget cuts are forcing the FAA to furlough controllers. The airline industry has predicted that those cuts would cause massive flight delays and cancellations.
Sunday is usually a light traffic day. The calm could disappear Monday, when traffic ramps up.