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Posted: April 22nd, 2013
No flight delays reported at Erie International after FAA cutbacks

Fewer air-traffic controllers on the job since Sunday at the nation’s airports hasn’t caused any trickle-down problems at Erie International Airport, airport Executive Director Chris Rodgers said.

Flights into Erie are arriving on time, and there have been no delays at the Cleveland, Detroit or Philadelphia hubs that serve Erie, Rodgers said.

“We’re keeping an eye on things, of course, but every single one of our flights today have been on time,” Rodgers said. “I’m not expecting any impact of any significance here. Traffic through all of our hub destinations has been perfectly fine.”

The Federal Aviation Administration told airlines last week that short-staffing could result in ground delays at some of the nation’s busiest airports, and there were fears that hub delays could cause problems at smaller airports.

The short-staffing is the result of an FAA requirement for some air-traffic controllers to take one day off without pay every 10 days. The furloughs began Sunday as a response to budget cuts required by the federal sequester.

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