FAA To Cut $600m In Spending

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to cut its outgoings by approximately $600m for the rest of the financial year if a US government sequester is to go ahead. Starting in April, the body intends to cut one working day per month from 47,000 employees, close more than 100 air traffic control facilities, and axe night shifts at over 60 facilities. “As a consequence of employee furlough and prolonged equipment outages resulting from lower parts inventories and fewer technicians, travellers should expect delays. Flight to major cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we will have fewer controllers on staff,” a letter from US transport secretary, Ray La Hood, and FAA administrator, Michael Huerta, read.

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