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August 16, 2022

FAA cancels flight delay warning for New York City airports

The government agency noted that the situation has improved with additional staffing.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US cancelled its earlier warning regarding potential flight delays at the New York City-area airports due to staffing issues, Reuters reported.

The agency withdrew the warning after noting that the New York City airspace had additional staffing.

Earlier, FAA announced that departure and arrival delays at Newark Liberty International Airport, John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) might record a delay of up to two hours due to a shortage of air traffic controllers. It also issued a ground stop at LaGuardia, which is now lifted.

The New York City area is one of the most congested airspaces in the US.

US airline companies have blamed the lack of air traffic control staffing as one of the reasons for the disruptions this summer, the news agency added.

Last month FAA said most of the delays were not due to a lack of air traffic controller staffing. However, FAA acting administrator Billy Nolen also told Reuters that it is working to recruit 1,000 controllers this year.

In addition to the staff shortages, bad weather conditions also impacted airport operations this quarter.

In June, FAA offered $518m in grants to improve critical infrastructure at airports across the country.

The allocation was made a part of the second round of the 2022 Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which aims to strengthen the aviation infrastructure in the country.

Grants will be used for the construction of new and improved facilities as well as maintenance and repair of runways and other airfield elements. It will also be used to purchase new equipment.

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