Flight Delays Continue For Third Day At LAX

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Flight delays Tuesday continued for a third day at LAX and other Southland airports due to forced furloughs of air traffic controllers.

As of 11:35 a.m., approximately 20 percent of flights departing LAX and 10 percent of arrivals were delayed, according to flightview.com.

“Travelers can expect to see a wide range of delays that will change throughout the day depending on staffing and weather-related issues,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a press release Tuesday.

The delays carried over from Monday night, when about 25 percent of flights were delayed.

“Yesterday more than 1,200 delays in the system were attributable to staffing reductions resulting from the furlough,” the FAA said. “There were more than 1,400 additional delays as a result of weather and other factors.”

The interruptions in service are a result of a nationwide furlough of air traffic controllers due to federal budget cuts.

The FAA is requiring all workers to take one unpaid day off during every 10-day period through Sept. 30, and that goes beyond control towers in airports, officials said.

On Sunday, LAX experienced an average delay of more than three hours.

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